Arizona Strip Wilderness Proposal
This proposal results from the first comprehensive citizen's wilderness proposal for the Arizona Strip and provides thorough documentation of requisite wilderness characteristics for 23 units within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument; seven within the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument; and one outside the monuments but adjacent to an existing wilderness. Total acreage in this proposal recommends 775,000 acres for wilderness designation.
The AWC is also preparing subsequent wilderness proposals outside the monuments for the Hurricane Cliff, Kanab Creek Wilderness addition (Robinson-Water Canyons, Grama Canyon), Castle Peak (GCPNM), Rock Canyon (Buck Pasture Quad), Lost Springs Mountain, and Seegmiller-Rock Canyon in the western House Rock region.
We believe our wilderness recommendations are well justified within the scope of BLM’s continuing obligation to inventory and study lands exhibiting wilderness characteristics. We further believe that our wilderness recommendations are very reasonable, particularly in the context of the wilderness residual transportation network. The wilderness proposal retains approximately 880 miles of road access around the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, and approximately 120 miles around Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.
These recommendations should have minimal affect on mechanized users that are currently and legally accessing the national monuments:
While the wilderness residual transportation network supports our wilderness recommendations, the BLM still has a responsibility to conduct a comprehensive analysis that will provide a transportation network compatible with the purpose of preserving the proclaimed objects of the national monuments.