Natural Resource Management
, deputy chief for science and resource management
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Jan Balsom took on the challenges of three high-profile issues at Grand Canyon National Park that had far-reaching and long-term resource management implications.
Balsom supported the development of a 10-year protocol for high-flow releases at Glen Canyon Dam, non-native fish removal from the Colorado River within an area sacred to traditionally associated Indian tribes, and the withdrawal of over a million acres of public land surrounding the park from uranium mining.
The high-flow protocol is an essential management tool for rebuilding beaches and habitat in the Grand Canyon and helps protect cultural resources.
Through interagency and government-to-government cooperation, Balsom helped determine the most appropriate measures for removing non-native fish from the Colorado River in order to protect the endangered humpback chub.
Finally, because of Balsom's efforts, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was able to sign the record of decision to withdraw more than one million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon from mineral entry for uranium production.