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As we finally near full legislation, thousands have learned about national park status through http://www.gjforparkstatus.com.  For those who have not:
1.  Colorado National Monument is here because of John Otto’s passionate and perfect “vision” to make it a national park. No need to presume what Otto “might” think today when his own eloquent words ring crystal clear across the decades, “I came here last year and found these canyons and they feel like the heart of the world to me.  I’m going to stay and build trails and promote this place because it should be a national park.” 

2.  Visitors driving I-70 to see Utah’s famed national parks regularly bypass our Monument.  If re-designation convinces some to try local restaurants, hotels, wineries and shops (or buy t-shirts from the Monument’s existing gift shop) that would indeed “boost” tax revenues and “needed” funding for our public safety , schools and infrastructure. 

3.  Visitors headed to Utah are ALREADY using I-70 so added pollution is an unlikely issue.  Tourism is among the world’s cleanest industries.

4.    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument once had a trash problem.  Today,  higher visitation to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP funds regular clean ups.

5.    A detailed conservation effort is in progress for land surrounding Colorado National Monument.  Those truly concerned about its protection should join it.

6.    For the record, GVRCNP has never accepted funds.  The extensive unpaid time I’ve volunteered over the past year is inspired by my treasured memories, daily view of and love for our national Monument.

We’re grateful Tillie Bishop, Jamie Hamilton, Josh Penry, Warren Gore, Jay Seaton, Bernie Buescher,  Bruce Benge,  Tim Foster, Theresa High, COGA, Museum of the West and thousands more respected businesses, organizations, and residents carefully evaluated the facts then chose to support this historic effort.  Let’s leave name calling to lesser playgrounds.  Exhaustive research and interviews confirm for many, this is the right thing to do.  We invite anyone interested in the facts to contact us anytime.
Terri L. Chappell
GVRCNP
260-5242



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