Grand Canyon Celebrates Earth Day with a Weekend Full of Activities
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Contact: Pamela Edwards, 928-638-7713
Contact: Marty Martell, 928-638-7834
"Through the weekend's festivities, the National Park Service, its partners and visitors had the opportunity to show not only our commitment to protecting the Grand Canyon landscape, but the planet, for future generations," said Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.
A free screening of the film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time kicked off the weekend. On April 20, more than 150 people listened to environmental author Mary Ellen Hannibal discuss the importance of landscape connectivity and wildlife corridors throughout western North America, all of which is captured in her new book The Spine of the Continent. She reviewed the history of the continent's native wildlife habitats and shared what scientists are doing to combat the gradual loss of these important lands along the spine of North America. Hannibal also explored how national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, have a critical role to play in this effort. John Davis, who is currently walking the spine of the continent from northern Mexico into Canada in an effort to bring attention to this environmental endeavor, joined Hannibal toward the end of her presentation to discuss his trek.
Grand Canyon's Green Team organizes and hosts the park's annual Earth Day activities. Recognizing the unique responsibility park residents have to help protect the Grand Canyon for future generations, the Green Team seeks to increase environmental awareness and stewardship within local and regional communities.
To learn more about Grand Canyon's Green Team, contact team members Marty Martell at 928-638-7834 or Pamela Edwards at 928-638-7713. To learn more about Grand Canyon National Park, visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/grca.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.