Wednesday, July 22, the Sedona Red Rock National Scenic Area Designation Coalition is celebrating the possibility of a National Scenic Designation (NSA) for the Sedona area.
The public is invited to join them for a free "Party for the People" at the Elks Club in Sedona. A festive event that will include the Scenic Sedona Video, which has had over 2000 views in three weeks on youtube.com, has been created to honor the commitment from the public in making the NSA a reality. They will also debut a new video at the event.
The coalition, which is comprised of the Democrats of the Red Rocks, The Sierra Club Sedona-Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful has been at the forefront of the movement to have Sedona designated as a National Scenic Area.
Currently they have collected over 3,500 statements of support urging Senators McCain and Kyl and Congressman Kirkpatrick to introduce the Sedona-Red Rock National Scenic Area legislation into Congress this year.
Senators McCain and Kyl have stated that they will support the bill when Representative Ann Kirkpatrick introduces it.
Currently, the Sedona is fortunate that the one hundred sixty thousand acres of Coconino National Forest surrounding Sedona, The Village of Oak Creek, and Big Park are protected from land trades by Amendment 12.
It was recently announced however, by the U.S. Forest Service, that revisions to the current forest plan which protects the Sedona area against land trades is now under way, and may be in place as early as 2011.
A National Scenic Area designation would make the policy of no land trades within the amendment 12 area permanent.
The NSA designation would apply only to the Coconino Forest lands in the area. It would not affect any private, state, or municipal lands.
The Forest Service will continue to manage this area in accordance with their current management plan, and no new administrative authority will be required. In essence, it would be guaranteed that there would be no land exchanges in accordance with currently policy with the passage of NSA.
"The NSA designation will permanently preserve that land and our irreplaceable scenic beauty, small town character, and property values while enabling the community to provide needed schools, roads and other public necessities in the future," says Steve DeVol Keep Sedona Beautiful Board President, "We are at a crucial time in the development of Sedona. As the U.S. Forest Service begins its revision process for regional existing Forest Management Plans, public awareness of the facts and their involvement are crucial."
The public is invited to join in this festive celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 22 at the Elks Club in Sedona. Wine and hor dourves will be served at this multi-media event and other surprises are being planned.
Dedicated to "Preserving the Wonder" of Sedona KSB's education and advocacy activities and goals range from land preservation to litter lifting.
Accomplishments in their 37-year history include: acquiring land to add to our Coconino National Forest; educating homeowners on Native Plant use; protecting our area's awesome star-filled night skies through outdoor light pollution monitoring; advocating quiet skies; bringing authorities to the area to educate our community on pertinent nature and conservation issues; and managing Litter Lifters, a dedicated volunteer corps who clean up litter from more than 60 miles of streets and roads in the area.
For more information on Keep Sedona Beautiful or the National Scenic Area Designation please go to www.keepsedonabeautiful.org or call 928-282-4938. To view the Scenic Sedona Video go to http://www.youtube.com/KeepSedonaBeautiful.