[Image - a reconstruction of what Chaco may have looked like when occupied - by National Park Service, via Ancient Origins.net]
Senate Bill S.2907 - Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2018 - is sponsored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and co-sponsored by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). If enacted it would provide a permanent mineral withdrawal of about 316,000 acres of federal lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historic Park to prevent new energy development immediately surrounding Chaco Canyon. Non-federal minerals owned by the state, tribal entities, or private owners would not be affected, nor would existing leases.
S.2907 was introduced on the Senate floor on May 22, 2018, and referred to the Senate Energy and Natural resources Committee. The time to support this bill is now.
On June 20, 2018, at the GCAS's Board of Trustees meeting and our subsequent general meeting, the GCAS membership unanimously agreed to add the GCAS as a signatory to the following letter. We would encourage all our readers - organizations and individuals (with slight editing to the opening sentence) - to do the same. If readers happen to live outside the state of New Mexico, please also contact your own state's Senators to support S.2907: