Many of our members attended our recent webinar “World Heritage Site at Risk: Chaco Culture National Historical Park.” If you missed it or want to share the webinar with friends and colleagues, a recording is available here. We wish to extend a warm thank you to our three webinar presenters: Kurt Riley, Acoma Tribal Leader; Paul Reed, Archaeology Southwest Preservation Archaeologist; and Ernie Atencio, NPCA Southwest Region Director; along with webinar organizer Destry Jarvis, US/ICOMOS Trustee, Advocacy Committee Chair, and passionate advocate for World Heritage in the U.S.
It’s not too late to learn more about how Chaco’s landscape is threatened with further industrialization and to submit your comments:
- An informative place to start is with this draft executive summary of comprehensive comments to be submitted by a coalition including US/ICOMOS, Archaeology Southwest, and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).
- Paul Reed, Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest, has produced an excellent resource page for those who would like to learn more about the current situation at Chaco and submit comments.
- All three presenters worked to answer questions that we weren’t able to get to during our webinar. Their answers are available in PDF form here.
- If you would like to learn more about these issues or find more ways to get involved, please email Ernie Atencio at eatencio [at] npca.org.
The links below direct you to websites where you can submit comments to BLM. Both the APCG portal and the NPCA portal include suggested language that can (and should) be personalized:
- Online comment portal for the Farmington BLM Resource Management Plan managed by the All Pueblo Council of Governors: https://protectchaco.org. We thank the APCG for the image above.
- NPCA portal: https://p2a.co/55Lvhnb
Please get involved!