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May 02, 2023

Crane Leads Effort to Transfer Federal Land to Local Communities in Pinedale and Alpine, AZ

Today, Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ) introduced a bill that would transfer federal land currently under the purview of the U.S. Forest Service to Navajo and Apache Counties. For more than a decade, the communities of Pinedale and Alpine have struggled to find appropriate cemetery space to meet the needs of family members wishing to inter and pay respects to their loved ones.

This bill would expand the land adjacent to Alpine Community Cemetery, preventing the need for deceased members of the community to be laid to rest in a distant cemetery.

Daryl Seymore, Navajo County Board of Supervisors, District I said, “The community of Pinedale has a long and rich pioneer history and the residents are proud of that heritage. Pinedale is a community where generations of families live, grow, and raise their families. This bill will allow families to lay their loved ones to rest in the place that their family member loved so much. I’m grateful to Congressman Crane and his staff for their work on this bill and his support of the Pinedale community,” said Daryl Seymore, Navajo County Board of Supervisors, District I.

“As a County Supervisor and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Apache County, I have seen firsthand the “very real needs” of the communities that I represent. Recently, the effort put forth by you and your staff in securing the conveyance of USFS land immediately adjacent to the Alpine Community Cemetery is representative of meeting that ‘very real need,’” wrote Nelson Davis, Apache County Supervisor, District III, and Vice-Chairman of the Board, in a letter to Rep. Crane.

He continued, “For over a decade Apache County and local partners have searched for a solution to assist the community of Alpine in finding a method for which they could continue to inter their deceased family members within their own community and not in a distant cemetery. Your assistance with this legislation is going to have a real-time effect on the residents of the Alpine community and the citizens of Apache County.”