STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7), recently added her name to a letter sent to President Barack Obama, urging him to establish the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
The proposed national monument would be located within the Kaibab Plateau in the Grand Canyon watershed region.
“The Grand Canyon is a sacred site for many Native American nations,” Peshlakai said. “It has both cultural and environmental significance. The Kaibab Plateau alone is home to 22 sensitive plants and animals, some of which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It is an invaluable resource and must be kept safe.”
The letter called for the president to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect the Grand Canyon’s watershed by establishing it as a national monument. It also outlined several key threats to the area, such as:
- Uranium mining
- Loss of habit connections for wildlife
- Logging of ancient trees
- Irresponsible off-road vehicle use
- Unsustainable livestock grazing
“Making this region a national monument will protect it, which will ensure it is respected and taken care of for generations to come,” Peshlakai said. “Regardless of when the president acts, I will continue to advocate for safeguarding this region.”