Opposition Letter to elected Officials about the threat of the President designating the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument Proposal

April 22, 2015

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. Obama,

As concerned conservationists, we have received and reviewed the recent Conserving the Grand Canyon Watershed A Proposal for National Monument Designation prepared by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, and the Wilderness Society and we the Arizona Elk Society and our membership and supporters stand united in the opposition of this proposal. Within the above mentioned document, the proponents of this proposal attempt to justify designation of 1.7 million acres on the Arizona Strip as a National Monument but we believe much of their logic is fatally flawed. We will provide specific information about the management issues the proponents present but first want to point out that the area north of the Grand Canyon is both intensely and appropriately managed by the various state and federal agencies with statutory management authority for the area.

We also believe that the American public has the right to use and enjoy our natural heritage in diverse ways. Some people enjoy the wilderness experience and some enjoy other forms of recreation such as hunting, legal off-highway vehicle use, or just enjoying the beauty and solitude that the Arizona Strip and Kaibab Plateau has to offer. To meet the demands for all users of the land, we believe a diversity of management approaches is necessary. Changing the current management direction in the area being proposed for monument status would limit the ability of many legitimate recreationists without clear justification or benefit.