Workbook Issued for Grand Canyon GMP
Superintendent Robert Chandler has issued the Preliminary
Alternatives Workbook describing the four considered alternatives for Grand Canyon's
General Management Plan scheduled for a record of decision in 1995.
It's obvious Superintendent Chandler and his staff have put megahours of
serious labor into disseminating the information found in the Workbook, a large format
26-page document full of big colorful maps, diagrams and highlighted boxes, all of them
crammed with pertinent information.
The four alternatives range far and wide, all the way from no action (#1) to
distributing visitors equally throughout the park (#4). Alternative 2 would minimize
in-park expansion. The 3rd choice contrasts resource preservation with the visitor's
The North and South rims, and also Tuweap, will be changing. That is plain to
see. Perhaps even more interesting than the alternatives are the planning assumptions and
proposals common to all of them. These include upgrades, improvements and other
innovations with wilderness management, air quality, resource preservation, mass transit
(South Rim), road and trail restoration, housing and dining, wayside exhibit upgrades, and
on and on and on. There's nothing that hasn't been thought about here.
Quite a handful. Not a casual read. But a really important read. There's a
time limit thrown in there also. You gotta read fast. Get one of these Workbooks today,
Get one and read it. Digest all this information. Figure out how you'd manage
Grand Canyon (and good luck, Pard) and which alternative you like&emdash;or maybe you
don't and have one of your own. Fine. Do it! Return your Response Sheet by November 15th,
the deadline. Write Superintendent Chandler at Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023,
to request a Workbook and to return your Response Sheet.
In the meantime, plan on attending one of the Open House presentations
offered by the Park Service to learn more about the alternatives. Four open houses are
scheduled. (see box)
Superintendent Chandler needs our help. Do it.
GMP Open Houses
Red Hills Motel .