The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust is 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.
We work toward creating a region where generations of people and all of nature can thrive in harmony. Our vision for the Colorado Plateau 100 years from now has three key facets:
- The region is still characterized by vast open spaces with restored, healthy natural areas and habitat for all native plants and animals.
- Human communities enjoy a sustaining relationship with the natural environment.
- People who live and visit here are willing, enthusiastic stewards of the region’s natural resources and beauty.
The Trust was established in 1985 by Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt and other leading conservationists as a national trust for projects in the Grand Canyon. Soon after, Trustee Stewart Udall made an impassioned plea that issues do not stop at the boundaries of the Park, and the Trust should be an advocate for both the Grand Canyon and the surrounding Colorado Plateau. The suggestion was adopted and Grand Canyon Trust emerged as a leading regional conservation organization, with offices across the Plateau and extensive connections among policymakers, land managers, scientists, and community leaders.
Today, we employ a professional staff of 25, encompassing a wide range of skills from biology and forestry to economics and law. We have 25 committed Trustees, a national membership of more than 4,000, and an active seasonal volunteer workforce of more than 450 people who assist with restoration projects. Our main office is in Flagstaff, Arizona, with satellite offices in Moab, Utah, and Denver, Colorado; we also have a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
We focus on the 130,000 square mile Colorado Plateau that features 29 national parks and monuments and 26 wilderness areas — America’s densest concentration of celebrated landscapes. The region is also home to 15 Native American tribes, each with a distinctive and ancient culture. An ongoing strategic planning process helps us choose the most critical projects from among the myriad natural resource and Native American issues. We give priority to projects that have broad implications for public lands policy and offer practical, demonstrable outcomes. We are intentionally collaborative and positive in approach, seeking solutions wherever possible, though we can be very strong in defense of the land when necessary. The Trust is widely respected for getting the facts right and for seeking solutions that will endure.
Currently, we are working to...
- Improve the management of public lands
- Provide a voice for wilderness and wild and scenic river designation
- Lead the development of large forest restoration projects
- Support archaeological preservation projects
- Manage and carry out volunteer habitat restoration work
- Advocate for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar generation
- Facilitate sustainable economic development and social justice projects with Native American communities