Protecting Archeological Sites in Grand Canyon
This collection pile has destroyed some of the archaeological information these artifacts once possessed.
It is very important that we, as users of the park, recognize the significance and fragility of archeological sites located in and around Grand Canyon. In 1995, under Superintendent Arnberger, sites were classified in a four tiered system. Class I sites can be regularly visited because they receive the most physical protection. Class II sites receive less maintenance, but are able to withstand fairly high levels of use. Class III sites are not well known, fragile, are not closed, but can tolerate only limited, prudent visitation. Class IV sites are closed to ALL visitation. Please practice a bit of etiquette when visiting any site, ie. walk on durable surfaces; discourage unnecessay handling of surface objects; if you do pick something up, replace it from where it came; avoid touching petroglyphs and pictographs, oils from human skin can degrade pigments and rock surfaces, never camp or eat at a site and never use it as a bathroom; and above all, use common sense anytime you visit a site. Remember the people who will come after you. Click here for more information and a list of Class I and Class II sites.
The New Look of Granite Camp
New plantings of native vegetation installed to replace much of the tamarisk.
If you haven't been to the camp above Granite Rapid in the last year, you are in for a surprise. Much of the invasive tamarisk has been removed and replaced with new plantings of native fauna, Cottonwoods and Goodings Willows. The purpose of the project is 1.) to recover data from a threatened archeological site, 2.) to test various methods of riparian rehabilitation, and 3.) to mitigate visitor impacts and enrich visitor experiences. 1662 tamarisk were removed by 40 people during 2, eight day backpacking trips and by two river trips over a seven day period. The project was funded by a grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable trust and NPS Concession Franchise Fees. Gone is the shade provided by the older tamarisk (although the tamarisk beetle had already ravaged most of that anyway), and gone is the tangle of thick brush. If all goes as planned, the shade from mature cottonwoods will more than replace that lost by removing the tamarisk, and we will have a more open, cleaner looking camp. Click here
to view a powerpoint presentation of the project, presented by NPS plant biologist Melissa McMaster, at the last River Guides Training Seminar in April, 2013. Click here
to see a planting
map of the site.
Wounded Warriors Grand Canyon River Trip
Grand Canyon River Runners Association is organizing a USMC WOUNDED WARRIOR REGIMENT RAFTING TRIP in Grand Canyon. The Wounded Warriors Trip, which includes pre-trip and post-trip meals, lodging and transportation, will be a 10-day river adventure - two motor rigs, a paddle raft, and the specialized equipment required to support passengers with disabilities. The outfitter for this trip, an authorized concessioner of the National Parks Service in Grand Canyon National Park and a member of the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, has extensive experience aiding persons with disabilities in rafting the Colorado River. Because river trips have to be planned well in advance, GCRRA has booked a charter for the summer of 2015. Since initial deposits are due soon, GCRRA is seeking donations now! This fundraising effort is not affiliated with any other charitable organization using the name ‘Wounded Warrior, but is solely in cooperation with the official USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment. 100% of all proceeds will go trip costs. If you would like to support this trip, and these most deserving veterans, Click here to get more information and/or to donate.
A New River Map and Guide by Dr. Larry Stevens
Dr. Larry Stevens, Curator of Ecology and Conservation at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Senior Ecologist with Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, has just published a new (revised) guidebook, "The Colorado River in Grand Canyon: A River Runner's Map and Guide to its Natural and Human History.
" It is printed on waterproof paper and sized to fit easily into your ammo can. The map section, similar in design to the one in the Belknap guides, contains information on camp locations (as well as sun and shade data), river elevation, points of interest, geologic features, trails, rapid ratings for four flow levels, as well as other standard features like river mileage, etc. The last two thirds of the guide contains a wealth of material on Geography, Geology, Human History, Biology and Ecology, Glen Canyon Dam and River Stewardship, as well as a section devoted to Resources for River Runners. Dr. Stevens is an expert on virtually all things Grand Canyon, and it would be difficult to find a better source of information. The book is being sold by Grand Canyon Wildlands Council with 100% of the proceeds going directly to fund their conservation work in and around the Grand Canyon.
Click here for more information and to order.