Greater Grand Canyon and Arizona Strip

The Grand Canyon is one of our most iconic national treasures and its splendor is world renowned. Its sandstone walls attract millions every year.

But there is more to this special area than just the places inside the boundaries of the national park. Outside these borders, unprotected lands threaten this iconic landscape.

Why the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon and Arizona Strip covers the area around Grand Canyon National Park, as well as parts of Arizona and Utah. These areas are critical to protecting the Grand Canyon watershed and the Colorado River.

Work we’re doing in the Grand Canyon

We work on the ground for guaranteed protection of the entire Grand Canyon region.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.