When President Teddy Roosevelt protected the Grand Canyon in 1908, he said: "Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it."
Such words ring hauntingly true now that Stilo, a multinational developer, is planning to bring a mega-mall directly to the Grand Canyon's doorstep in Tusayan, Ariz.
The proposed complex near the South Rim would suburbanize this area around the park. But more importantly it would permanently alter water flows that feed the park's sacred seeps and springs, including Havasu Falls.
The Forest Service is currently deciding whether to grant the access that would allow this development to move forward. But without a large public outcry, the agency is unlikely to stand up to this rich developer.
May 6, 2015 Action Alert ID# 217
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