Listening sessions give the public a voice with the National Monument

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Fruita, Colo. (KKCO) --- At a listening session in Fruita today, officials from the National Monument and members of the public got together to discuss appropriate uses of the monument.

Both residents involved in events that take place on the monument and those who were just there to learn and share their opinions came out to make sure that their voices were heard.

"Typically units of the national park system are set aside and people come in to enjoy the solitude and the quiet," says Colorado National Monument Superintendent, Liza Eckert. "But national park units are also places where there may be these organized types of activities for our visitors and for our locals."

After an initial period of free conversation and suggestions, attendees sat down at round-table type discussions that were guided by facilitators from the monument.

The second listening session will be held on Wednesday, July 10th, from noon to 3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

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