SAVING THE GEOGRAPHY OF HOPE
Guided by the timeless Jeffersonian axiom that if the people lead, their leaders then will follow, for the past two years a grass roots group of Greater Sedona, and Verde Valley citizens has been laboring diligently to develop a proposal for a National Scenic Area designation.
This effort to secure a NSA designation had its origins in the wake of affixing Amendment 12 to the Coconino National Forest Plan in 1998. Because of substantial visitor pressure on the landscape, that amendment delineated some 160,000 acres of the most scenic and threatened areas in Red Rock Country and created an innovative new management plan aimed at restoration and improved maintenance of those irreplaceable and scenic public lands. At that time, Coconino National Forest decision-makers advised citizens that it would be appropriate for them to seek a "special designation" for this extraordinary still-wild region in the Coconino National Forest so that it would be protected, enhanced and maintained in perpetuity.
After many days of discussion and debate amongst members of the grass roots group and with members of the public, then-Congressmen Renzi was requested to draft legislation to designate the area in question as the "Sedona Red Rock National Scenic Area." He took a dive. In the meantime more and more support for this legislation has been building by the day. In response to a community-wide mailing, some 2000 citizens sent cards of support to their Congressional representatives. Coconino and Yavapai County Supervisors, the Sedona City Council and the Big Park Regional Council have issued resolutions in support of a NSA designation, The time has become to rescue "The geography of hope," to clean up the forest; save Fossil Springs, and send the raiders and devotes of red-tiled roofs back to whence they. The coyote people are getting organized to ensure that they do.