The Conservation Alliance was included on an ad that ran this week in the New York Times, asking the Obama Administration to impose a 20-year moratorium on uranium mining on one million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The Alliance funded the Grand Canyon Trust in 2010 to lead the campaign to win the moratorium. The Alliance was joined on the ad by representatives from Patagonia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Black Diamond Equipment, and Outdoor Industry Association.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar imposed a two-year moratorium on mining the area in June 2009. That prohibition expires later this month. Interior is expected to announce future plans for mining the area any day now.