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Contact your representative and tell them it’s time to protect one of America’s most popular national parks -- the Grand Canyon -- permanently? 

Protect the Grand Canyon

On his first trip to the Grand Canyon in 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt wrote that we should “let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is” and “do nothing to mar its grandeur.” And on Tuesday, we celebrated the Grand Canyon’s 100th anniversary as a national park!

But while Roosevelt called the Grand Canyon “the one great sight which every American should see,” Donald Trump’s allies in the mining industry are calling it something else: paydirt. Ever since a moratorium on uranium mining was imposed around the Grand Canyon mining companies have fought unsuccessfully to lift it.

But now the mining industry finally has allies in the White House and the Interior Department. The Trump administration has inexplicably included uranium on the critical minerals list, meaning that it now has a higher priority for development. And, ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt (who now runs the Interior Department) hasn’t taken a position on protecting the Grand Canyon from disastrous uranium mining.

So Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva has a solution: pass a bill to make the protections permanent. He just introduced the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act in Congress, which would permanently prohibit new mining claims on public lands surrounding the canyon. Will you ask your representative to vote in favor of the bill? 

Congressman Grijalva has championed this type of legislation before, and with the passage of a major public lands protection package just this week, we need to keep the momentum going. This year presents the first real opportunity to pass the bill and protect the Grand Canyon for future generations!

We need to make sure every Member of Congress understands the stakes, and how important it is to preserve the Grand Canyon not only for visitors but for the many native communities who live around it. Will you contact your representative and tell them it’s time to protect one of America’s most popular national parks — the Grand Canyon — permanently? 

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