Please take a moment to mail a personal note thanking Representative Raúl M. Grijalva for standing up for protection of our public lands.
In his third term as a member of Congress, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva continues to demonstrate his commitment to protect our public lands from the constant onslaught of attempts to mine, develop, drill, fence, build roads on, and fundamentally destroy our national heritage.
Just this week, Rep. Grijalva took another strong stand for our environment – reintroducing his bill to withdraw 1 million acres of Grand Canyon-area public lands from new uranium claims, exploration, and mining. Join the Center for Biological Diversity in saying “thank you” with a personal note to Rep. Grijalva for championing environmental protection for this national treasure.
Rep. Grijalva is a member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources where he serves as chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee, which oversees 600,000 million acres of federal land. Ever since he kicked off his chairmanship by denouncing the “public lands sell-off” proposed in the 2008 federal budget, he’s played a major role working for reform of the General Mining Law of 1872, for critical legislation to protect wilderness throughout the West, and for better oversight of the operations of our national parks, forests and public lands systems.
Please take a moment to thank Rep. Grijalva for all that he’s done and is presently doing to protect our precious natural resources. We’re asking our supporters to write and mail your own personal notes to Rep. Grijalva – but following are a few key accomplishments that you may wish to thank him for:
• Due to the “immediate and grave threat to the Grand Canyon National Park, the crowned jewel of our national park system,” on June 19, 2008, Rep. Grijalva called for an emergency declaration to withdraw public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining activities. This bold move under Grijalva’s leadership effectively halted damaging mining exploration in the area and provided temporary relief and protection for our public lands while Grijalva continued to work for more permanent protections.
• In December 2008, Rep. Grijalva turned down an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, citing his dedication to protecting our public lands and calling his work as chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee more important due to unresolved issues like mining near the Grand Canyon.
• Indeed, Rep. Grijalva refused to say die in his campaign to prevent uranium mining on public lands near Grand Canyon National Park. In a promising move for Grand Canyon lands and wildlife, on January 27, 2009, Grijalva reintroduced a law prohibiting new uranium mining projects across 1 million acres of public-lands watersheds surrounding the Park. Uranium mining contaminates waters, poses public health concerns, and has already degraded unique Grand Canyon ecosystems. Grijalva's Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act comes just in time to potentially save at least three areas of federal land -- previously unprotected from uranium mining -- from burial by a boom in uranium development.
• Recognizing the importance of large tracts of unfragmented land for people and wildlife, in early January 2009 Rep. Grijalva joined forces with former Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck to “call on the incoming Obama administration to uphold the roadless rule, and to launch a new roadless protection campaign.” The Bush administration set aside the Clinton roadless rule, which established vital protections from road building and development on more than 58 million acres of public lands, in favor of a petition process that left individual states to pursue and enforce their own set of roadless rules on federal lands within their borders.
For more information on the Center for Biological Diversity’s work to protect the Grand Canyon, read our latest press release here.
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