The Conservation Beat
7:19 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Bandelier Seeking Input on Plan for Tsankawi Sites

Officials at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico are asking for the public's help in developing a management plan for dozens of archaeological sites that are separate from the main portion of the park.

The plan will focus on the Tsankawi unit, which is home to more than 150 sites that range from petroglyphs to stone pueblo structures. The plan is aimed at improving protection of the archaeological resources as well as visitor understanding of the area.

A 30-day scoping period began Monday. The public has until May 15 to submit comments.

Decisions reached as part of the scoping process will provide guidance for managing the Tsankawi unit for the next 10 years.

Visits to the unit increased last year because this portion of the park wasn't directly affected by the massive Las Conchas Fire.