Save Ancient Rock Art On West Mountain
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There is new information regarding several very recently discovered Petroglyph sites on the BLM property we have been told will be approved for mining by January 4th 2018.
There are also a lot of unsearched land around the perimeter of the proposed mine expansion. If there are undiscovered petroglyphs they may be damaged or destroyed if mining is done as proposed. The DOGM is now considering one such petroglyph site as sensitive and have ask Kilgore to have an archeologist record it and submit a plan of how to best protect them.
On 12/18/17 URARA members informed the BLM Representative that there are in fact Petroglyphs on BLM property. The BLM Representive was given the GPS coordinates of these newly discovered Petroglyphs.
However our DOGM representative said that the GPS reading has to be taken using a certain type of GPS device. We do not know if URARA used this type of Device.
If URARA's GPS readings are not acceptable. Time is needed to get GPS readings of these new Glyphs using the correct type of Device.
Although the URARA members are not licensed Archaeologists and they may not have used the type of GPS device preferred by DOGM, they are very familiar with Rock Art Sites and have assisted BLM with recording many Sites in the Southwest.
As Concerned Citizens we request that DOGM defer permanent approval of Kilgores expansion onto 60 acres of BLM property until the property and sensitive surrounding areas are searched and all petroglyphs GPS readings are taken with the proper devices.
We were told by BLM that if petroglyphs are on the BLM property they would be protected. That property with Petroglyph sites would not be leased for mining. We are requesting that the BLM remove the land where the petroglyphs are located from the proposed lease to prevent them from being destroyed by mining operations.
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