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Can Ya Just Leave The Canyon Alone?

Grand Canyon National Monument

Ever been to the Grand Canyon? That big gaping hole in the ground in northern Arizona? The one that is so pristine, so stunning, and with a scale that is so breathtaking you can’t help but feel moved. And yet there are still a good chunk of folks who want to set up a uranium mine and logging operation along the rim of the park.

Thankfully, The Sierra Club is spearheading efforts to establish the greater Grand Canyon area as a national monument to protect it from being scarred and polluted. Here’s their take on the issue:

“The Grand Canyon watershed is home to a unique array of native wildlife, hundreds of creeks and springs that millions of people rely on for drinking water, and thousands of acres of ancient forest — including the Southwest’s largest unprotected old-growth ponderosa pine forest.

Tribes in the area, especially the Navajo Nation, Havasupai, Hualapai, and Hopi, have come together to help protect a region that is sacred. Right now, this natural and cultural treasure faces threats from many fronts — from unsafe uranium mining to devastating logging practices. There’s only one way to preserve the sanctity of these 1.7 million acres for generations to come: name it as a national monument.”

Seems like a no-brainer to me. If you feel the same, sign the petition here >

Steve Lemig

Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Managing Editor at Road Runner Sports for the last 11 years.