As one of the nation’s most revered and popular national parks, Grand Canyon National Park is no stranger to media attention. A recent host of contentious development initiatives, political and legal squabbling, and historic opportunities to expand protection for critical natural resources in the region have translated into a brighter-than-usual spotlight for the 1.2 million-acre park.
Grand Canyon enthusiasts of all stripes would do well to read the articles referenced below to understand the issues currently facing their beloved Grand Canyon National Park. As this post is going “live” on April fool’s day, the author of this column assures you that he is not pulling your leg.
- Arizona’s congressional delegation is leading an effort to allow hunters to shoot bison inside the Grand Canyon National Park in an attempt to cull a growing that is creating resource management challenges.
- Xanterra Parks & Resorts is abandoning its effort to trademark popular structural and place names in Grand Canyon National Park.
- A report from the National Park Service is showing an $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance at our nation’s national parks.
- U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick weighs in on efforts to establish Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.