The Greater Grand Canyon-Colorado Plateau region encompasses a diverse, wild, and remote landscape that includes eight national monuments, six national forests, thirty-two wilderness areas, and six national parks, including Grand Canyon and Bryce. Its range of elevations support a wide array of wildlife in the area’s diverse habitats — from cacti and desert scrub to juniper and spruce-fir forests. Though much of the area is semi-desert, the most extensive old-growth forest in the Southwest can also be found here, as well as threatened plants such as Wright fishhook cactus and animals such as the Kaibab squirrel that live nowhere else on Earth.
This is a landscape that offers an unparalleled experience to the visitor, where solitude not only matters, it lives and beckons. Tourism to Grand Canyon National Park is an economic engine to this area, generating $686 million each year to northern Arizona’s economy. The region is a mainstay of Utah and Arizona's multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry and a major contributor to their hunting and fishing economies.
With increased heat, fires, and drought projected to occur due to climate change, the Greater Grand Canyon-Colorado Plateau area is one of the most vulnerable in North America.
The Sierra Club is working to:
- Keep intact and secure recent uranium mining protections for the lands around the Grand Canyon;
- Stop development that threatens Grand Canyon’s seeps and springs;
- Protect the Grand Canyon Watershed including the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona as a national monument;
- Protect the Greater Canyonlands region in southern Utah from uranium mining, highly destructive tar sands development, potash mining, and illegal off-road vehicle abuse by designating it a national monument;
- Improve Bureau of Land Management resource management plans and Forest Service management plans in order to protect wildlife and wildlife migration in order to adapt to a changing climate; and
- Stop a proposed 3,600 acre coal strip mine near Bryce Canyon National Park.