As a part of the National Park Service's mission to protect and interpret its resources, it is important to make valuable, historical information readily available. To further that goal, I am pleased to present this volume in our occasional series of publications on the Intermountain Region's past. This history is the f1rst volume of Colorado National Monument's Administrative History. Other volumes relating to the creation of the monument and additional pertinent issues will be published over the next few years. The history, written by Lisa Schoch-Roberts as her Master's Thesis from Colorado State University, addresses many issues related to the development of the monument and its roads, the use of the roads and the importance the roads have played in the history of the monument and the surrounding area. The comprehensive coverage of the subject will aid present and future managers to protect the valuable resources at Colorado National Monument and will introduce new employees to the rich history of the monument's past.
John E. Cook
Mission: As the Nation's principal conservation agency, the Department of the Interior has responsibility for most of our nationally-owned public lands and natural and cultural resources. This includes fostering wise use of our land and water resources, protecting our fish and wildlife, preserving the environmental and cultural values of our national parks and historical places, and providing for the enjoyment of life through outdoor recreation. The Department assesses our energy and mineral resources and works to assure that their development is in the best interests of all our people. The Department also promotes the goals of the Take Pride in America campaign by encouraging stewardship and citizen responsibility for the public lands and promoting citizen participation in their care. The Department also has a major responsibility for American Indian reservation communities and for people who live in Island Territories under U.S. Administration. NPS-D52. 1997.
Last Updated: 09-Feb-2005