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Boundaries of Bandelier, other monuments have been redrawn before

Eddie Garcia
December 06, 2017 06:46 PM

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. -- The gorgeous Bandelier National Monument has been a New Mexico treasure almost as long the state itself has existed.

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Part of its appeal is the raw wilderness, said Geoff Goins, the interpretation supervisor at the Bandelier National Monument.

"Well, the wonderful thing about Bandelier is that it is largely left alone," he said. "So when you go out to the backcountry you might be going through archaeological sites and not even know it unless you have an archeologist's eye."

Goins said the monument's borders have been upsized and downsized over time.

"We've been around long enough, about 100 years that things have been added to the park or taken away from the park because of various roadways or new needs around the park," he said.

According to the American Presidency Project, President John F. Kennedy redrew Bandelier's boundaries by adding on more than 2800 acres, but subtracting almost 4,000 acres from areas deemed by the government as having "limited archeological value."

"A lot of parks, the boundaries change over time. There might be new property they need to bring in or property that needs use for something else," he said.

Other instances include President Woodrow Wilson shrinking Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in half for potential timber use during World War I. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took 52 acres of Wupatki National Monument in Arizona for a dam.

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