Grand Staircase ~ Escalante National Monument: Protecting one of the Southwest’s crown jewels
GSENM was established by presidential proclamation during the Clinton Administration in 1996. One of the crown jewels of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), it encompasses 1.9 million acres of spectacular lands over three distinct physiographic regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante.
The NLCS was established in 2000 to include public lands with special conservation designations administered by the BLM. It covers more than 40 million acres of national monuments, national scenic and historic trails, wild and scenic rivers, and wilderness study areas. In 2009 Congress passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, signed into law by President Obama. The National Landscape Conservation Act, which permanently codifies the NLCS, was contained in this package of bills.
Grand Canyon Trust sees a need to ensure that this magnificent national treasure is managed in a way that offers the highest level of protection for its biological, paleontological, archaeological, and wilderness resources.