Editorials Make the Case Against the Monument

Kurt R. Davis, the Chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, recently authored a piece laying out the case against the Grand Canyon Monument.  He writes:
While the infrastructure, facilities and visitor experience at our national parks continue to deteriorate, groups like the Sierra Club should bear responsibility for adding to this bloated backlog if their proposal to create the 1.7-million-acre Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument becomes reality.

Those same groups that don’t seem to care about fiscal responsibility also would have you believe that better “conservation” is right around the corner with the creation of a national monument. That’s flat-out wrong.

Conservation is difficult work. Unfortunately, groups like the Center for Biological Diversity would rather pursue their idea of conservation in courtrooms through their filing of endless lawsuits – and have no problem spending your tax dollars to do it – while the Arizona Game and Fish Department puts sound, science-based management and conservation practices to work every day for more than 800 species.

The true core of conservation has been, and will continue to be, the sportsmen and sportswomen who fund the majority of conservation efforts; the ranching families who have pioneered and maintained an important presence in the heart of our state’s treasured landscapes; the rural community members who have historically safeguarded Arizona’s unique places; and Game and Fish, which has diligently managed our wildlife in a balanced fashion.
 Be sure to read the whole thing here.

Jim Unmacht, is the president of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation. A vocal critic of the monument proposal, he authored a piece in which he wrote:
Arizona already has 18 national monuments, more than any other state. While much of America’s public land might be designated multi-use, only 23 percent of Arizona’s public land remains without a special designation. We don’t need to reduce that number further.

Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation does not believe another layer of bureaucracy needs to be established to conserve the North Kaibab and Arizona Strip for our future generations.

Be sure to read the whole thing here.