GCHBA Comments on Backcountry Submitted to NPS

GCHBA has submitted comments to the National Park Service in response to last year’s release of the proposed new Backcountry Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Thanks to a group of committed volunteers from coast to coast, GCHBA was able to read, analyze, and comment on the over 600-page DEIS as well as a number of supporting reports and studies provided by NPS.

NPS has stated that their goal is to review public comments, adopt a new plan based on the draft (will possible revisions if warranted), and issue a final Plan/EIS before the end of 2016.

The full text of GCHBA’s formal comments may be viewed here.

Backcountry Plan Review Now Online

Grand Canyon National Park is considering new rules to govern backcountry activities in the park. These changes will affect everyone who hikes, backpacks, canyoneers, climbs, camps, or otherwise engages in outdoor recreation within the backcountry of Grand Canyon.  A public comment period extends through March 4, 2016. To help you get a grasp of theContinue Reading

How Old is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is perhaps the most recognizable landform on planet Earth, yet specific details about its formation and age are elusive. It is not for a lack of trying but rather that the canyon was formed by erosion so that much of its earliest history is gone or remains hidden within its stubborn rocks. Recent researchContinue Reading

GCHBA Annual Meeting and Election Results

The GCHBA Annual Meeting was held at Arizona Hikers Shack and by teleconference, on March 28, 2015, at 10:00am Grand Canyon Time (MST). The meeting agenda was as follows: AGENDA 1. Treasurer’s Report 2. Membership Report 3. President’s Report – The Year in Review a. Advocacy i. Bison Management Plan ii. Overflights: FAA “Quiet TechnologyContinue Reading

GCHBA Welcomes New Board Member

The results of the annual election to the board of directors of Grand Canyon Hikers and Backpackers Association were announced at the annual meeting held on March 28, 2015.  A new board member, Madelaine Bryant, of Flagstaff, Arizona, was elected.

Aircraft Overflights at Grand Canyon: Your Input is Needed Now!

Previous postings here and on the GCHBA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GCHBA) have discussed the proposed INCREASE in aircraft overflights at Grand Canyon. This action is disguised as an effort to encourage the adoption of “quiet” aircraft technology by INCREASING the total number of air tour flights. For each “quiet” flight in the winter, air tour operatorsContinue Reading

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