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Letter: Balance needed to support tourism and conservation

Reading your piece on Tourism in our Valley, I was struck by your comment of how other areas have done “an amazing job of promoting their parks and activities.” Instead of turning our monument into a national park, and perchance killing the “golden goose” in the process, why not encourage better advertising and promotion? Maybe a name change would suggest something other than a “monument,” something to relay the quiet beauty and solitude of the whole area. I feel that in many instances when tourists are seeking out a national park, they are seeking more things to see and do than are available in our monument. Wouldn’t it be a shame that their parting comment might be, “Is that all there is?” Having a bigger influx of tourist money into the local economy would certainly be a boon, but it needs to be balanced with the preservation of that wonderful natural resource.

Margaret Steele

Grand Junction, Colo.

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