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Why Protect a 10-Mile Zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park?
Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist (December 17, 2019)—Recently, there has been some debate about the value of protecting a 10-mile zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park (henceforth Chaco or Chaco Park) and two of its outlying communities. Some have suggested that a smalle...
Archaeology Southwest Applauds Inclusion of Chaco Protection Zone in Appropriations Bill
Taos, N.M. (September 27, 2019)—On Thursday, September 26, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies put forward a $35.8 billion spending package for fiscal year 2020. The bill includes language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain fro...
Fighting the Bears Ears Downsizing (with an Agèd Friend)
Bill Doelle, President & CEO (June 28, 2019)—On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law. And yet, 113 years later, in the year 2019, at about the same time, there were no headlines announcing that President Roosevelt had risen from his grave to ma...
BLM Temporarily Defers Leases in Chaco Buffer Zone
BLM Temporarily Defers Leases in Chaco Buffer Zone The U.S. Bureau of Land Management reversed course Friday, saying certain land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park would no longer be offered at an oil and gas lease sale in March. Environmental advocates, tribal groups and Democratic lawma...
New Mexico Senators Introduce Bill to Help Protect Greater Chaco
New Mexico Senators Introduce Bill to Help Protect Greater Chaco U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill woul...
Archaeology Southwest’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015
Kate Sarther Gann, Communications Coordinator (December 31, 2015)—Inspired by a clever post from our friends at the Friends of Cedar Mesa, we decided to compile our own list. So, with a hat-tip to Amanda Nichols and Josh Ewing at FCM, we give you, in no particular order, Archaeology Sout...
Meeting with Senator Tom Udall at Chaco Canyon
By Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist June 30, 2015—As many of you know, I’ve been actively engaged in protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape for much of the last year. Impacts to this amazing landscape from the development of oil-gas facilities in association with the Mancos Shale play...