The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was formed in 1965 as a way to help focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. The work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today. The Grand Canyon Chapter helped win designation of four million acres of wilderness in Arizona, stopped numerous old growth logging proposals, helped restore and protect Fossil Creek, and continues to work to protect the Verde and San Pedro Rivers via its Arizona Water Sentinels program. We have helped win passage of key environmental legislation including the Environmental Quality Act, which protects our air and water, and the Heritage Fund, which provides funding for wildlife programs, and have consistently helped defeat legislation that would undercut environmental protections.
Our chapter has helped promote clean renewable energy such as solar and wind and energy efficiency programs, including a strong standard, as well as measures to improve air quality by supporting mass transit and emissions standards.
We engage in on-the-ground service by helping to monitor water quality, sponsoring regular clean-ups, removing invasive plant species, and assisting with wildlife research and habitat restoration. We also have a strong hiking program, including Inspiring Connections Outdoors programs in both Phoenix and Tucson.