The Trust was established in 1985 by Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt and other leading conservationists to work on natural resource issues affecting the Grand Canyon. Soon after, Executive Director Ed Norton and Trustee Stewart Udall made an impassioned plea that issues do not stop at the boundaries of the Park, and that 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 27, 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 conservation projects.