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Sierra Club and Partners Seek Protections for Grand Canyon's Backcountry

Grand Canyon National Park is revising its Backcountry Management Plan and developing an Environmental Impact Statement. The first phase of this process, just completed, invited us, the public, to tell the National Park Service (NPS) what we hope will be included in the Plan. Sierra Club partnered with 10 other organizations and individuals to speak up for wilderness, wolves, and all that is wild.

See the comments we submitted here.

More information on the Backcountry Management Plan revision process is at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grca. We would like to encourage the National Park Service to do the following:

  • Focus on resource protection in the backcountry.
  • Develop a wolf recovery strategy for Grand Canyon National Park and engage in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan revision process.
  • Develop and implement interagency conservation goals to protect and restore extirpated, rare, endangered or threatened species, as well as keystone species, many of which (mountain lions, tasseled-eared squirrels, goshawk) range outside the park boundaries.
  • Identify, monitor, and prioritize protection of critical wildlife linkages in the region affecting Grand Canyon wildlife.
  • Manage the Park for its wilderness values and in relation to its adjacent lands to include protection and restoration of all native species and their habitats.
  • Apply only the minimum tools and regulations in order to achieve Wilderness-Area objectives.

We encourage you to stay engaged in the Backcountry Management Planning process.

Questions? If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Alicyn Gitlin at (928) 774-6514 or alicyn.gitlin@sierraclub.org.

 

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