- 4 times Sedona City Council supported planning for a special designation for National Forest lands in Sedona region:
- November 2003
- January 2005
- May 2010
- 2 times Boards of Supervisors, Yavapai and Coconino, supported special designation of National Forest lands in Sedona region:
- May 2005
- 27 years the Sedona community has been discussing and supporting permanent protection for the Coconino National Forest Lands in the Sedona Verde Valley region
- 5,000 citizens signed petition requesting special designation for Coconino National Forest (CNF) lands in Greater Sedona Region-1993
- 10th Sedona Forum was convened to discuss permanent protection of CNF lands. Recommended that permanent protection be sought-1994
- 3 public workshops started public involvement process for what became Amendment 12 to Coconino National Forest Land Management Plan-1995
- 500 letters and comment forms received by Forest Service in response to proposed Amendment 12-1995
- 1,000 visitors surveyed found that most desire “restorative experiences, such as getting away from crowds and the demands of life, experiencing quiet and solitude. Most popular activities are sightseeing and day hiking-1996
- 200 public comments received on Forest Service Environmental Assessment for Amendment 12-1997
- 254 community residents (an overflow crowd) attended a single event in support of National Scenic Area legislation-2008
- 70 public meetings held for Sedona Community Plan between 2010 and 2013. There are multiple references in Community plan concerning acquiring permanent protection of Forest Service lands in and around Sedona.
- 4 days Sedona City Council conducted public meetings on Community Plan October and November 2013
- 7-0 vote of Sedona City Council approved Community Plan and sent to voters November 2013
- 1,530 or 62% in support and 954 or 38% against were the results of the public vote to pass Sedona Community Plan March 11, 2014.
- 1 Citizens Engagement Committee assigned by Sedona City Council to review priorities for years 2015-2016. One of 5 priorities was for permanent protection of National Forest lands. Recommendations sent to City Council on March 21, 2014.
- 10 priorities for 2015-2016 identified by current Sedona City Council, with permanent protection for National Forest Lands noted as a priority.
- 800 inventoried archeological sites; it is estimated that thousands more exist
- 3 Heritage Sites: Palatki, Honanki and V Bar V archeological sites
- 3 Wilderness Areas: Red Rock-Secret Mountain, Munds Mountain and a section of Sycamore Canyon
- 2 Research Natural Areas: West Fork of Oak Creek and Casner north of Schnebly Hill Road
- 1 National Recreation Trail, Wilson Mountain
- 200 plus species of birds that live or migrate through region
- 1 Audubon Important Birding Area, Oak Creek from Red Rock State Park to Page Springs Fish Hatchery
- 3 Scenic Highways:
- Red Rock National Scenic Byway also designated an All-American Road, State Route 179, Sedona’s first National Scenic Byway & Arizona’s first All-American Road.
- Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon State Scenic Road, State Route 89A.The first scenic road in Arizona, rated by Rand McNally as “One of the Top 5 Scenic Drives in America.”
- Dry Creek State Scenic Road, State Route 89A from Cottonwood to Sedona.
(Note: These are the only state highways in and out of Sedona)
- 4 perennial streams and creeks:
- Oak Creek designated an Arizona Outstanding Waterway
- West Fork of Oak Creek, contains one of the top hiking trails in Arizona and is a Research Natural Area
- Spring Creek contains native fish listed as endangered
- Wet Beaver Creek
- 4 ephemeral riparian areas
- Dry Creek
- Coffee Creek
- Dry Beaver Creek
- Sycamore Creek
- 2 state parks: Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park
- 160 thousand +/- approximate size of proposed Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument
- 8% size of proposed monument in relation to the total Coconino National Forest acreage
- 2 million acres is the approximate size of the Coconino National Forest
One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery. – Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water