Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
Monday’s op-ed column about the Gold Butte area, “Protecting Gold Butte would help tourism,” highlighted the many important values of this unique area. A recent survey of Clark County residents showed that two-thirds of them agree that it should be protected.
Ideally by now, our congressional delegation would have introduced legislation to designate Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area. Since that hasn’t happened, perhaps it is time for President Barack Obama to accede to the will of the people by establishing it as a national monument.
By whichever path, it is past time to ensure the preservation of Gold Butte’s many wonders and to realize the benefits that either designation would generate in the form of increased tourism.