A former superintendent says he expects public outcry will put an end to an Interior Department plan that could open the Colorado National Monument to oil and gas exploration.
Assistant Interior Secretary Paul Hoffman's proposal would change the National Park Service's mission from protecting resources to managing the lands for diverse uses.
Hoffman's draft plan would allow cell phone towers, low–flying aircraft tour flights and all–terrain vehicles in the national parks and would limit managers authority to prevent development.
Grand Junction resident Roy Weaver closed out a three decade career in the National Park Service as Superintendent of Bandolier National Monument in New Mexico. He says the plan would take legal powers from park managers.
Details of the draft plan will be heard next month by a senate panel. U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, (D)-Colorado, says the plan changes the park service's basic mission without input from park managers.
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