Conserving the Grand Canyon Watershed A Proposal for National Monument Designation

April 23, 2012

The Arizona Elk Society has partnered with groups concerned about the proposed Grand Canyon National Monument proposal from the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups. CLICK HERE to read the CBD proposal. In a nutshell the CBD proposal would like the President to designate 1.7 million acres of public land north of the Grand Canyon and including the Kiabab Plateau as a National Monument. The Arizona Elk Society and other groups have written a letter in response to personnel and agencies in charge of this piece of land.

You will notice that we have used the letterhead for the Arizona Alliance for Responsible Land Users. To be clear it is not our attempt to form a new conservation group but it does provide a vehicle that we can use in situations where multiple user groups want to sign on to a common letter without having the letter be placed on an individual organization’s letterhead. This format was suggested by Jim deVos and reflects the approach that groups like the Center for Biological Diversity uses effectively. Recall that the recent letter regarding wolf issues sent from the CBD had 30 groups signed on as did another letter to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission about changes in the lion management prescription in the Aravaipa Canyon area.

As you will note on the letter, there is a variety of organizations that have signed on to this letter and on future issues we will likely use this format again because is gives a wide variety of groups a common letterhead to use on important conservation issues. Today it was the proposed conversion of the last large block of land north of the Colorado River to a national monument, which was very likely the first of several similar proposals. Tomorrow, who knows what the issue might be but rest assured that wolves, national monuments, and more are on the agenda of radical environmental organizations and we need to have a common approach to counter these actions.