Los Alamos County Council Proclaims Feb. 11 ‘Bandelier National Monument Day’ Honoring Park’s 100 Birthday

County Councilor David Izraelevitz, second from right, presents Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring Feb. 11, 2016 as ‘Bandelier National Monument Day’ in honor of the Park’s 100th birthday. The County also presented four special photographs taken by Leslie Bucklin as a birthday gift to the Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with his staff and Friends of Bandelier Board Chair Craig Martin, blue shirt, expresses his appreciation to the County for its continued support of the Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with his staff and Friends of Bandelier Board Chair Craig Martin, blue shirt, expresses his appreciation to the County for its continued support of the Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Chair Rick Reiss tries Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott’s ranger hat on for size and congratulates him on the Park’s 100 year anniversary just prior to this evening’s Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photographs taken by Leslie Bucklin, which the County presented to Bandelier National Monument as a gift in honor of its 100th birthday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation this evening at its regular meeting in Council Chambers declaring Feb. 11, 2016 as “Bandelier National Monument Day” in honor of the Park’s 100th birthday.

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Park.

Lott expressed his appreciation to the County for its continued support of Bandelier and how much it means to him.

“I can’t explain the extent of that value,” he said. “I’ve worked at a number of parks and I have never seen this level of support from a community … thank you so much.”

Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS:    On February 11, 2016, Bandelier National Monument will celebrate its 100th birthday. One century ago, President Woodrow Wilson made the decision, using the Antiquities Act, to establish it as a national monument – formally recognizing it as a unique and special place deserving of the highest level of protection so that it may be enjoyed and experienced by all; and

 

WHEREAS:   While Bandelier may be celebrating 100 years as a national monument, its fascinating history spans a far greater timeline going back over 10,000 years; with almost 3,000 archaeological sites it has one of the largest concentrations of pre-Hispanic sites in the American Southwest, consisting of large villages, small farming hamlets, thousands of petroglyphs, and a landscape covered with clues to ancient times and the Ancestral Pueblo of New Mexico; and

 

WHEREAS:    In the mid-1700s, Spanish settlers with Spanish land grants made their homes on the Pajarito Plateau, and in 1880, Jose Montoya of Cochiti Pueblo brought Adolph F.A. Bandelier to Frijoles Canyon. Montoya shared with Bandelier his people’s ancestral homelands; and

 

WHEREAS:    In 1976, through an Act of Congress, approximately 70% of the Monument was designated as the Bandelier Wilderness.  This wilderness is a part of a park that covers 50-square miles of the unique and beautiful Pajarito Plateau on the western slopes of the Jemez Mountains, and is bounded by the Rio Grande River, and from there climbs to Cerro Grande at 10,000 feet with over a mile in elevation change hosting a variety of ecosystems full of diverse plants and wildlife; and

 

WHEREAS:     In 1987, through another Act of Congress, the Bandelier Civilian Conservation Corps National Historic Landmark was established in commemoration of the substantial investment of the Civilian Conservation Corps during 1933-41; and

 

WHEREAS:    For several years during World War II, the park was closed to the public and the Bandelier Lodge was used to house Manhattan Project scientists and military personnel; Bandelier has a special connection in time and place to our local history and work on the Manhattan Project; and

 

WHEREAS:   We support Bandelier National Monument and the tourism it brings to our local economy – especially as it enhances our ability to market the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park and nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve – it is an extraordinary opportunity for Los Alamos to have three national parks all within such close proximity to our community;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim Thursday, February 11, 2016 as

 

“BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT DAY”

 

in Los Alamos County, and congratulate Bandelier National Monument and their staff on achieving this major milestone.

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