Introduced by Senator Mark Kelly (D – AZ) a resolution creating the nation’s 64th National Park: Chiricahua National Park on the site of Chiricahua National Monument passed the Senate and has been moved into the House.
Americans love their national parks. They are places of learning, adventure, healing, and forges of countless family memories. They are also a bit of a collector’s game, whether that’s patches sown onto a bag, or cancellations in the National Park Passport, seeing all of them is a classic American dream.
A new NP is a moment of special celebration, especially since there are probably no more hidden wonders like Yosemite or Mount Rainier to discover among America’s wilderness.
Quite close to the border with Mexico, the remarkable landscape of Chiricahua is deserving of the honor, with the only point perhaps going against it is the fact that compared with other NPs it’s a pin-hole on the map at just 12,025 acres.
The bill was introduced a year ago this month, and was slightly modified in committee before passing the Senate with unanimous consent. H.R. 6451, the corresponding House bill, was introduced at the beginning of the year and has since been moved into the Committee on Natural Resources.