Ranging from desert grasslands to lush, coniferous forest, the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument embraces one of America’s most spectacular landscapes — the Grand Canyon — and encompasses a wild, rugged array of towering cliffs, deeply cut tributary canyons, and numerous springs that flow into the Colorado River.
Dramatic escarpments, plateaus, and canyons afford spectacular landscapes and support a unique diversity of native wildlife including the endangered California condor, mountain lions, mule deer, and northern goshawks. The area also holds lands of great significance to the region’s indigenous people.
Adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park lies the Kaibab Plateau, the Southwest’s largest unprotected old-growth ponderosa pine forest, home to the Kaibab squirrel, which lives no place else.
Today, ill-conceived uranium mining, irresponsible off-road vehicle activity, logging of ancient trees, and invasive livestock grazing threaten the Grand Canyon Watershed.
The Sierra Club is working to:
- Protect this natural, cultural, and archeological treasure as a national monument;
- Help preserve sacred indigenous sites;
- Give wildlife much-needed room to roam; and
- Prevent damaging uranium mining, logging, and other destructive practices.