The mayor of Santa Fe wants President Barack Obama to issue a proclamation establishing a La Bajada Mesa National Monument south of the city.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17LHcLp) that Santa Fe Mayor David Coss has introduced a resolution seeking the designation.
The land in question consists of 128,000 acres adjacent to the Caja Del Rio Plateau and runs from La Bajada Mesa south to the Cerrillos Hills State Park, north to the Santa Fe River Basin, and across the Caja del Rio Plateau to the Rio Grande.
The area includes historic sites belonging to Cochiti and Kewa pueblos, the Navajo, Hopi and Apache tribes, as well as evidence of European settlement.
Earlier this year, Obama created the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico by proclamation.