|Waco Mammoth Site/National Park Service|
Well, Wacoans finally decided to go the presidential designation route.
President Barack Obama rewarded their work!
The Waco Mammoth Site is one of three new national monuments, AND ...
It's not part of BLM or something; it's part of the National Park Service.
Which will include Park Service marketing and more. Like already having its own webpages in the NPS website.
Wacoans' patience is explained as part of this pre-annoucement overview:
City leaders throughout the 2000s worked with congressional delegates to get the national designation through Congress, but fell short. Last year, the city began working for an executive order with the help of the National Parks Conservation Association, which advocates for national parks.
Yep, that's you, Bill Flores, helping Waco fall short.
As for what the site has?
Since 1978, the remains of 24 Columbian mammoths have been discovered at the site, dating back some 65,000 years. The remains include the nation’s only known “nursery” herd of mammoths, and more remains are thought to be in the area.
Mayor Duncan said the federal involvement will “increase exposure, attendance and awareness at the site.”
“As long as the city was in charge of promoting it with Baylor, we had limited exposure,” he said. “With the arrowhead (sign), we’ll get much more national recognition and should increase tourism and visitation. It should also give us access to a lot of research from other paleontologists.”
None of this is stopping Bill Flores from trying to be a gloryhog. Want to call him on his bullshit? Give him a Tweet.
Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, meanwhile is claiming that Obama showed "disdain" for Texas (and Nevada and