Message #104
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998
Subject: NPCA Park News 

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :
Changes Needed at El Malpais NPCA's report cites room for improvement and expansion. In a report on the present condition and future needs of the ten year old E1 Malpais National Monument, NPCA is advocating the acquisition of 5,200 collective acres of private inholdings...
...people visit national parks daily across the country to steal from them. In 1996 (the most recent statistics), the report documents a total of 630 violations, 22 arrests, and 55 citations. Of 35 prosecutions, 11 resulted in ARPA misdemeanor convictions and one ended in a second ARPA conviction-an automatic felony. Prosecutors won 32 convictions under non ARPA laws. By region, the report shows that the Intermountain region, which includes the desert Southwest, reported the most violations (390), followed by the Southeast (89) and the Northeast (83)...
Archaeologists and National Park Service staff credit the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) with helping make some headway against the problem of looting in national parks...
NPCA is concerned about lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service adjacent to Walnut Canyon National Monument in Arizona. NPCA advocated a 6,700 acre expansion of the monument in 1988, but Congress approved only a 1,300 acre expansion in 1996.