Colorado

Jul 13, 2010 9:13 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Vandalism, theft at Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients

A conservation group says it's concerned about vandalism, looting and destruction at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado and other protected lands.

The nonprofit Conservation Lands Foundation, based in Durango, said Monday it's leading a volunteer restoration project at the Canyons of the Ancients.

The project recognizes the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System, which includes the Canyons of the Ancients. The system also encompasses 15 other national monuments overseen by the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.

The monuments are home to rare plants and animals, dinosaur fossils and sites of religious significance to Native Americans.

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