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Grand Canyon Chapter Sierra ClubThe Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was formed in 1966 in order to focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. Our work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today and have been joined by a number of programs to safeguard other areas and issues.

The Grand Canyon Chapter seeks to engage its members and the public in protecting our communities; public lands including national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges; rivers and streams; and wildlife; plus promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in order to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change; and support transit, bike and pedestrian friendly communities to reduce air pollution and energy use.

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Current News

  • February 13, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona – Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that the wild Mexican wolf population has increased to 109 from 83 wolves counted at the end of 2013. While conservationists cheer this good news, they point out that the agency projected there would be 100 wolves in the wilds of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico by 2006. More than a decade later, the total population has finally reached that milestone, still a whisker away from extinction. Click here to read more (87 KB pdf).

  • February 05, 2015, TUCSON, Arizona – A coalition of Arizona community groups and businesses today called on Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to divest from the out-of-state San Juan Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant, and instead to commit to local, clean energy solutions like rooftop solar. Click here to read more (69 KB pdf).

  • February 05, 2015, PHOENIX, Arizona – The Regional Forester of the USDA Forest Service upheld objections filed by conservation groups regarding a plan by the Tonto National Forest to allow hundreds of helicopter landings in five Wilderness areas on the Tonto National Forest, ostensibly to “manage” bighorn sheep. Click here to read more (63 KB pdf).

  • January 30, 2015, PHOENIX, Arizona – The Grand Canyon Watershed Coalition today praised actions by Arizona congressional leaders calling for permanent protection of the area north and south of Grand Canyon. In a letter to President Obama, Representatives Raul Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick and Ruben Gallego stressed the natural and economic importance of the watershed and the serious threats it faces from uranium mining and logging. Click here to read more (52 KB pdf).

  • January 22, 2015, PHOENIX, Arizona – On this day, at the Arizona State Capitol, more than 150 people from 25 different legislative districts met with their state legislators to encourage the support of environmental protection and conservation programs. This year’s focus was Protect Arizona’s Future – Keep It Clean and Green. Click here to read more (104 KB pdf).

  • December 15, 2014, PHOENIX, Arizona – Today conservation groups filed a formal objection to a plan by the Tonto National Forest to allow hundreds of helicopter landings in five Wilderness areas on the Tonto National Forest, ostensibly to “manage” bighorn sheep. The groups contend the action violates the Wilderness Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Forest Management Act, and will harm wildlife including bighorn sheep, as well as other wilderness values. Click here to read more (58 KB pdf).

  • November 26, 2014, GRAND CANYON, Arizona – The Havasupai Tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed yesterday by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell that upheld a ban on new uranium mining claims on about one million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon. Click here to read more (60 KB pdf).

  • November 25, 2014, FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released revisions to the federal rule governing endangered Mexican gray wolf reintroduction, which would obstruct the imperiled subspecies’ recovery. The Service’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and draft record of decision propose alterations to government management of America’s only wild population of one of the world's most critically endangered mammals. Click here to read more (61 KB pdf).

  • November 21, 2014, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that a female northern Rockies gray wolf is roaming the North Kaibab National Forest near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This pioneer traveled hundreds of miles to northern Arizona, an area that scientists have said is one of the last best places in the Southwest for wolves. The Grand Canyon wolf is currently fully protected under the Endangered Species Act, but could lose those protections under an Obama administration plan to strip gray wolves of protections nation-wide. Click here to read more (99 KB pdf).

  • September 30, 2014, PHOENIX - Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe and a coalition of conservation groups are praising Judge David Campbell’s decision today to uphold the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across one million acres of public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon. The court ruled that the decision complied with federal environmental laws and that it was not too large, as plaintiffs had argued. At stake is protecting the aquifers and streams that feed the Colorado River and Grand Canyon from toxic uranium mining waste and depletion. Click here to read more (99 KB pdf).

  • September 17, 2014, PHOENIX - Conservation and archaeological groups joined thousands of other Arizonans this week in submitting formal comments asking the Forest Service to revise its proposed travel-management plan for off-road vehicles in the Tonto National Forest to protect wildlife, air quality, cultural resources and wilderness values. Click here to read more (72 KB pdf).

  • July 31, 2014, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Conservation groups sent a letter this week urging federal regulators to suspend operations at a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon, where millions of gallons of uranium-laced groundwater threaten people and wildlife. Records from the U.S. Geological Survey show that the contaminated groundwater — 80 times the limit set to protect public health and the environment — have inundated the Pinenut uranium mine immediately north of Grand Canyon National Park. Click here to read more. (46 KB pdf)

  • June 18, 2014, PHOENIX - Today, Sierra Club delivered an open letter to Governor Jan Brewer asking her to demonstrate a strong commitment to solar energy by ending the tax on leased rooftop solar systems. Click here to read more. (46 KB pdf)

  • June 10, 2014, PHOENIX - Today, prior to an Arizona House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon protections on power plants, clean air and clean energy advocates gathered at the Arizona Statehouse to urge support for critical safeguards.  Click here to read more. (90 KB pdf)

  • May 17, 2014, PHOENIX - Borderlands: Encounter in the Desert will be featured at the Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral during the month of June. A First Friday artist reception the evening of June 6 will feature author and photographer Krista Schlyer, whose 2013 book, titled Continental Divide, won several prestigious awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award. Krista will also be conducting a book talk on Saturday afternoon at Fair Trade Café.  Click here to read more. (355 KB pdf)

  • May 6, 2014, PHOENIX - Local moms and public health advocates gathered on Tuesday to send a Mother’s Day message, urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  Administrator Gina McCarthy to enforce the Clean Air Act at Navajo Generating Station (NGS), Arizona's largest and most polluting coal-fired power plant.  Click here to read more. (54 KB pdf)

  • May 5, 2014, PHOENIX - Today, Sierra Club released its 2014 Environmental Report Card for the Arizona Legislature and Governor. Despite starting off as one of the worst sessions for weakening environmental protections, the 2014 legislative session ended up being a bit better than expected – three terrible bills were vetoed, two were defeated in the Senate, and numerous bills died because they did not advance to a full vote in one house or the other. Several bills were amended to at least address some of Sierra Club’s concerns. Click here to read more. (140 KB pdf)

  • April 25, 2014, PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Commission unanimously endorsed a plan this week that will make it vastly easier to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico and arbitrarily caps the number of wolves in both states at 300, and allowing for a number as low as 125. Significantly, the commission also recommends that management of wolves be taken away from the federal government, where it has been since passage of the federal Endangered Species Act, and given to the state, which has long been hostile to wolves. Click here to read more. (58 KB pdf)

  • Santa Catalina Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project – Sierra Club has significant concerns about the Santa Catalina Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project. While we support restoration of native species to their natural habitat, we do question the efficacy of introducing animals to an area where they disappeared, where it is unclear why the population died out, and where a majority of the habitat is poor to fair. Read more in our letter to Arizona Game and Fish and in our letter to the Forest Service.

  • February 18, 2014, Phoenix – Today, more than 140 people from 24 legislative districts and 21 organizations participated in Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol. The day’s theme was Conserve Arizona – Water, Wildlife, & Wildlands. . Click here to read more. (68 KB pdf)

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