Seven Things Forces Opposing Grand Canyon Monument Don’t Want You to Know
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Should 1.7 million acres of land around the Grand Canyon be designated a national monument? It’s certainly a topic of hot debate in Arizona.
Supporters of the monument say it will permanently protect an ecologically fragile and historically significant area from uranium mining, while those opposing the plan say it's part of a “radical environmental” agenda that will only end up hurting the economy.
Both sides of the debate have harsh words for the other, but those pushing for monument designation say their opponents are purposefully spreading false information and distorting facts.
Here are seven things supporters say the opposition doesn't want the public to know:
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7. It has a lot of public support.
Despite claims that the proposed monument is unpopular, recent polls show that 80 percent of Arizonans support or strongly support giving the area permanent protection.
The Center for Western Priorities
6. It will generate money and jobs.
An independent research firm concluded recently that the monument would generate $51 million for the economy of Northern Arizona. The figure comes from the combined value of already existing activities that would be permitted to continue under the monument framework and new economic activities generated by an enlarged tourism industry.
5. The federal government already manages most of the land.
Those opposing the monument like to call it a “federal land grab,” but the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service already manage about 94.5 percent of the land within the proposed monument. (The other 1.6 percent is privately held and 3.7 percent is State Trust land.)
Kanab North Uranium Mine near Grand Canyon National Park
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