“Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” — President Theodore Roosevelt
A proposed national monument for Grand Canyon's watershed covers approximately 1.7 million acres of desert grasslands, lush coniferous forests, towering cliffs, deeply cut tributary canyons, and numerous springs that flow into the Colorado River. The heart of the proposed monument is the Kaibab Plateau, sandwiched between Grand Canyon National Park, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument. It is here that the Colorado River carves Grand Canyon and provides water for millions of people in Arizona, Nevada, and California.The Plateau is home to 22 sensitive plants and animals, some of which
found nowhere else in the world, including the Kaibab squirrel. In addition, this area provides critical wildlife corridors for iconic wildlife such as mountain lions and mule deer and important habitat for imperiled species such as the California condor and the desert tortoise.The area includes more than 300,000 acres of intact, ancient forests. This is, in fact, the largest unprotected old-growth ponderosa pine forest remaining anywhere in the
Southwest.South of Grand Canyon, the Coconino Plateau contains deep groundwater that supplies life-giving seeps and springs.
Grand Canyon, an American icon and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and its watershed deserve permanent protection. Key threats to the area include the following:
Protecting this region as a national monument would not only preserve the region’s ancient forests, protect corridors for migratory wildlife, and preserve thousands of archeological sites, it would also support clean drinking water, cultural heritage, and recreation.Please ask President Obama to issue a declaration to protect Grand Canyon's watershed as a national monument.Complete the form below with your information. Personalize and send your message. Adding your individual connection to the region and your own thoughts will have a greater impact.Thank you!
Please Establish Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please protect Grand Canyon's watershed by establishing a national monument.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]