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US rejects proposal to expand national monument

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Federal officials are saying "no" to a proposal for expansion of Walnut Canyon National Monument on the outskirts of Flagstaff.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the decisions by National Park Service and the Forest Service leave expansion supporters hoping for congressional action to protect the proposed 47-square-mile expansion area from development.

Federal officials concluded that cultural resources in the proposed expansion area don't meet federal requirements for natural significance.

Results of a federal study were presented to Flagstaff and Coconino County officials on Monday.

The area studied touches residential areas and includes several mesas as well as popular areas for rock climbing and other outdoor activities.

Most of the land is national forest but some is state trust land and private property.

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