Arizona - Grand Canyon National Park

State: Arizona

On January 9th 2012, the Obama administration officially announced a ban on new mining on lands near Grand Canyon National Park. The 20-year ban will not affect any existing claims but will prevent any new mining claims in the area which have increased 2,000 percent in the past seven years.

The Interior Department said that the ban will not affect the 3,200 mining claims already staked in the area.  Conservationists hope that this decision is a major victory, protecting water from the Colorado River, which is the source of drinking water for over 25 million Americans.  Other benefits of this ban include the sustainability of Grand Canyon National Park, which attracts more than 4 million visitors a year and generates more than $3 billion in economic activity.  EcoFlight has worked with numerous organizations and individuals in this region.  Our work with the Havasupai Indians and Grand Canyon Trust give these kind of issues a voice and we congratulate the Obama administration for doing the right thing.