Priority Campaign 2023

Grand Canyon – Arizona

Grand Canyon Trust

The Conservation Alliance harnesses the power of businesses and outdoor communities to protect North America’s cherished wild places and outdoor spaces. Through the collective strength of our membership – companies from banks to breweries and outdoor gear – we champion solutions that balance the best interests of the land and water, wildlife, and people. Since 1989, we’ve helped protect 81 million acres and 3,580 river miles, remove or halt 37 dams, purchase 21 climbing areas, and designate five marine reserves.

In 2023 and 2024, we are investing additional advocacy resources in six priority campaigns. Each campaign is focussed on natural resource conservation, adapting to a changing climate, recognizing the rights of Indigenous communities, and protecting habitat in places that are also valued for human-powered recreation. We announce our Advocacy Priority Campaigns once a year. In collaboration with our grantees, we work to identify land and water conservation opportunities that are urgent, vital, and need national attention.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

What’s at stake?

The Grand Canyon is an iconic American landscape and outdoors destination, offering people from around the world an opportunity to experience its wonder through hiking, rafting, camping, and climbing. The proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument would protect 1.1 million acres of public land adjacent to and surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Twelve tribes from the area are united in support of this monument to protect their sacred homelands and the critical Colorado River watershed. Uranium mining has threatened the greater grand canyon for years and poses a threat to seeps, springs, and streams throughout the already stressed watershed.  

What’s the solution?

The Biden Administration can use the Antiquities Act to designate the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument and honor tribal heritage and conserving an iconic ecosystem. In April 2023, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) joined members of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition calling on President Joe Biden to use the Antiquities Act to designate the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.

Who is The Conservation Alliance’s partner?

Grand Canyon Trust’s mission is to safeguard the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau, while supporting the rights of its Native peoples. The Conservation Alliance has been a proud supporter of The Grand Canyon Trust since 2010, with many awarded grants helping to permanently protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining.