Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tent Rocks Won't Change Much.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman And Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writers

Monument Status May Spur Upgrades

The geologic marvel known as Tent Rocks became New Mexico's 11th national monument Wednesday, but that will not immediately change much of what visitors have long seen and experienced, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

BLM officials, who have long managed the area with nearby Cochiti Pueblo, hope President Clinton's creation of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will help the agency secure more money for a variety of projects. The hope is that foot trails can be improved, new educational signs can be installed, and a neglected, unpaved access road, labeled "deferred maintenance" for years, can be renovated.

"I think what (the designation) means is that we'll try to seek some additional funding and we have been but I think this will help us," said Steven Anderson, a BLM assistant field manager.

The Native American name added to the monument site Kasha-Katuwe means white rock, according to Anderson. …

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