New Polling Finds Strong Support for Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ– The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project today released the results from its 2015 Conservation in the West poll. Among the findings, which clearly illustrated the importance of public lands to people living in the West, was strong support (73%) within Arizona for a proposal to designate the public lands surrounding Grand Canyon as a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
In response, members of the Grand Canyon Watershed Coalition issued the following statements.
“The Grand Canyon Watershed is home to California condors, mountain lions, and a host of other wildlife — some found nowhere else in the world,” said Kim Crumbo, Conservation Director for Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. “Designation of the Grand Canyon Watershed as a new national monument would protect and restore crucial wildlife habitat, including safe passageways for mule deer and other wildlife from Grand Canyon National Park to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.”
“Residents of the Grand Canyon State have spoken, and their message is clear — it’s time to permanently protect the Grand Canyon watershed,” said Katie Davis, public lands campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Arizonans know the Grand Canyon region’s a valuable asset, providing nearly half a billion dollars to the state’s economy every year, as well as a precious wild refuge for our native animals and plants. Now it’s time for our elected leaders to take action to preserve this national treasure.”
“It is not surprising that westerners are strongly supportive of protecting public lands around Grand Canyon,” said Sandy Bahr, chapter director for the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter. “Preserving the wildlands and wildlife in and around Grand Canyon for future generations has long been supported by Arizonans, westerners, Americans. A national monument is an important next step to safeguard this valuable region.”
Learn more about the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument at www.grandcanyonwatershed.org.