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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The greater Grand Canyon area is magnificent; it's held dear by wise Arizonans and Americans. Its one-of-a-kind wild, rugged cliffs, deep canyons and grasslands are home to many rare plants and animals, as well as a real wealth of recreation opportunities.

Not all of Arizona is desert — yet. The area surrounding the national park — the Grand Canyon watershed — is worthy of, and in need of, permanent protection.

Meanwhile, renewed interest in uranium mining and oil drilling is putting at risk the Grand Canyon area and the water supply of millions of people. Farmers and ranchers need that river water.

Permanent protection of the Grand Canyon area that respects existing uses would secure recreation opportunities, natural beauty and economic potential as a tourist and sportsmen's haven.

President Barack Obama should designate the Grand Canyon watershed a national monument. Send him a letter to get this done now, before miners and oilmen destroy it.

David Horner

Salt Lake City

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