The Wilderness Society is working to gain permanent protections for some of these areas. We’re also trying to keep reckless uranium mining and oil and gas development out of the entire region, especially the most sensitive areas.
We’re working to improve protections for areas in the Grand Canyon Parashant and the Vermilion Cliffs National Monuments. These areas have some protection, but we’re working to make those protections permanent. These areas are so special that we want to keep them safe from development forever.
Recent attempts by Congress to open areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining have been stalled, but the threat remains. We’re working with legislators to keep uranium mining out of the Grand Canyon.
Doing things right
Making sure that protected lands are managed properly guarantees that they stay wild. We’re working with federal agencies to make sure that areas designated as wilderness are properly managed.