Happy anniversary to Grand Canyon protections

Visitors enjoy the view of the Grand Canyon from a viewing station.
National Park Service

As we celebrate the 105th anniversary of protections for the Grand Canyon this January, we are grateful to President Theodore Roosevelt for having the wisdom to protect this iconic American gem for future generations to enjoy.

On Jan. 11, 1908, Roosevelt used the Antiquities Act to designate the Grand Canyon National Monument. Years later, the unit became Grand Canyon National Park.

Uranium mining puts Grand Canyon at risk

Despite it's status as a national park, the Grand Canyon is still under threat.

The constant threat of uranium mining in the greater Grand Canyon watershed puts this sacred place at risk.

President Obama took a stride in the right direction when his administration issued a 20-year moratorium on Grand Canyon uranium mining in the area. However, this merely applies to new mining claims.

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What will be the next Grand Canyon?

With the use of the Antiquities Act, President Obama has the potential to protect our next American treasure, such as Rio Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico or the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

President Roosevelt understood the value of conserving America’s great outdoors for current and future generations. We hope that President Obama will walk in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt and protect America’s natural heritage.