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Office of U.S. Representative Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ)

On Friday, Representative Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) reintroduced his legislation to modify the boundary of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, seeking to transfer 97 acres of land to the National Park Service, streamlining its operations.

“Visitors from around the world come to Arizona to enjoy the natural beauty and geological significance of Sunset Crater,” said Representative O’Halleran. “This legislation has a history of bipartisan, bicameral support, and I am proud of how it will cut red tape for both the National Park Service and Coconino National Forest.”

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Background:

  • The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument’s visitors center, bunkhouse, and other outbuildings are located just outside the monument’s boundary on Coconino National Forest land. The National Park Service currently operates this area under an Interagency Agreement where any repairs, maintenance or ground disturbance needs approval by the Forest Service.
  • Transferring ownership of the land from National Forest Service to National Park Service will streamline management and operations of the monument and remove a significant bureaucratic compliance burden for both agencies.
  • The land transfer comprises approximately 97 acres and is immediately adjacent to the monument.

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