Photo courtesy of the National Park Service: Arizona Senator Mark Kelly’s bill to redesignate the Chiricahua National Monument as a national park has passed the commission.
Chiricahua National Park Act Takes Important Step Towards Legislation
WASHINGTON – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday passed a bill introduced by Arizona Senator Mark Kelly to redesignate the Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. The bipartisan bill is now eligible for a vote on the Senate floor.
“The Chiricahua Memorial is a natural wonder and redesignating it as a national park would solidify its status as a world-class destination,” said Senator Kelly. “I am fully committed to getting the bill through the finish line and delivering this important victory to the recreational economy of Southeast Arizona.”
of Chiricahua National Park Act It was co-hosted by Senator Kirsten Cinema (Arizona, Arizona) and introduced by Rep. Juan Siskomani (R-Arizona, 2006) of the House of Representatives. Kelly’s bill would be the fourth national park in Chiricahua, Arizona.
Chiricahua National Monument was established by presidential decree to preserve the unique geological features left over from the largest known volcanic eruption, which occurred nearly 100 years ago, 27 million years ago. The memorial is located in Cochise County and attracts visitors from all over the world for hiking, camping and wildlife viewing.
The Chiricahua National Parks Act is supported by the cities of Benson, Bisbee, Huachuca, Wilcox, and the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.