Grand Canyon Trust: Working together for a healthier future

LEUPP, Ariz. - The Colorado Plateau is experiencing the gift of cloud cover and thunderstorms this year. Rather than seeing our usual blistering summer temperatures we have been enjoying the distant showers and the smell of moist soil. For many, summer moisture is a blessing. For the farmers, rains offer promise of a good fall harvest and fruitful season for the landscape. For the Grand Canyon Trust, the moisture is an offering that is crucial if its conservation efforts on the Colorado Plateau are to succeed.

Grand Canyon Trust works to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau-its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude. To achieve our conservation goals, we work in partnership with land management agencies and Native American Tribes. Trust volunteers are essential to this effort and this season and we look forward to working with many new volunteers to help research and restore the diverse vegetation of the Kaibab Plateau, the springs of House Rock Valley, and the rich agricultural fields of North Leupp Family Farm.

The Trust is seeking volunteers to join us on July 14-18 to help research the affects of livestock grazing on lands scorched by a 60,000 acre wildfire on the Kaibab Plateau. This project is a part of the Kane and Two Mile Ranch program, where the Trust manages an 850,000 acre cattle ranch on public lands north of the Grand Canyon where volunteers are a crucial component of a collaborative effort between land management agencies, ranchers, scientists, and the community. In addition to doing volunteer work for this research project, the group will take some time to explore scenic and remote North Canyon or visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The Trust is also seeking volunteers for two trips to North Leupp Family Farm on July 11-12 and September 19-20. These trips are part of the Trust's Native America Program which works with Native American communities on the Colorado Plateau to complete conservation projects, while recognizing their traditions and their unique relationship to the region. On these two trips, volunteers will work with North Leupp Family Farm to continue traditional agriculture, promote a healthier diet, and ultimately provide local produce for local businesses. This is a great chance to learn about traditional Navajo farming and camp beneath the ancient cottonwood stands along the banks of the Little Colorado River.

Both trips are free and provide food and transportation from Flagstaff. For further information and trip details visit www.gcvolunteers.org or call volunteer staff at (928) 774-7488.

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