Grand Canyon Watershed monument will enhance biodiversity

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“The Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would provide the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management the resource protection tools required to preserve the ecosystem integrity of this spectacular 1.7 million-acre expanse. With biodiversity declining worldwide and habitat destruction the number one cause, the over 20 sensitive species in the proposed monument need these safeguards.

As the title indicates, water is a key feature in this area of the Colorado Plateau, with springs and perennial streams vulnerable to increasing aridity from climate change and ground water pumping. These aquatic habitats are vital to the native wildlife in the region. Along with safeguarding wildlife, old growth forests, Native American cultural sites, and spectacular geologic formations, USFS and BLM natural resource staff will be able to monitor and improve public access for recreation. This area is well-known to birders, hunters, cyclists, hikers, horsemen, and many other types of outdoor use.”  –JOE…

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