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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 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 Communications Director at Road Runner Sports for the last 13 years.