Photo Courtesy National Park Service: A bill introduced by Arizona Senator Mark Kelly to redesignate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park has passed committee.
Chiricahua National Park Act takes a critical step toward becoming law
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed a bill introduced by Arizona Senator Mark Kelly to redesignate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. The bipartisan legislation is now eligible to receive a vote on the Senate floor.
“Chiricahua Monument is a natural wonder and redesignating it as a national park would solidify its place as a world-class destination,” said Senator Kelly. “I am committed to getting our bill across the finish line and delivering this important victory for southeastern Arizona’s recreation economy.”
The Chiricahua National Park Act is co-sponsored by Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and was introduced by Representative Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ-06) in the House of Representatives. Kelly’s bill would make Chiricahua Arizona’s fourth national park.
Nearly 100 years ago, the Chiricahua National Monument was established by a presidential proclamation in order to preserve unique geologic features that are remnants of one of the largest known volcanic eruptions which occurred 27 million years ago. The monument is located in Cochise County and attracts visitors from around the world for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing.
The Chiricahua National Park Act is supported by the City of Benson, the City of Bisbee, Huachuca City, the City of Wilcox, and the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.