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March 01, 2013 by Serena Bishop

The Conservation Alliance  today released Grand Canyon, the fourth video in the worthWILD series. The film tells the story of the Grand Canyon Trust's successful effort to convince the Interior Department to impose a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on one million acres of land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The ban provides long-term protection for one of the crown jewels of the National Park system.

The Grand Canyon Trust, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Colorado Plateau, led a coalition of concerned citizens and residents, local and national organizations, and advocates of our National Parks to protect the Grand Canyon from the threats of new uranium mining. The Conservation Alliance funded the Trust's campaign in 2010, two years into the project.

Grand Canyon depicts how these diverse stakeholders' collaborative efforts resulted in Interior Secretary's Ken Salazar implementation of a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining on 1.1 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon.

"The Trust's campaign to secure a favorable decision was greatly enhanced through a powerful strategic alliance with national conservation organizations and their members as well as with businesses such as those supporting The Conservation Alliance and Save the Colorado campaign," said Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Trust Program Director. 

"Grand Canyon Trust did a terrific job protecting the Grand Canyon watershed from new uranium mining," said Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling. "We're proud to have supported this effort, and are thrilled to tell the story in this short film."

Produced by Alexandria Bombach's Red Reel Video, Grand Canyon is the fourth documentary the Conservation Alliance has produced as part of the worthWild series launched in 2012. Four additional films will be made in 2013.

Watch Grand Canyon here. For more information about the Grand Canyon Trust, visit http://www.grandcanyontrust.org. For additional information about the Conservation Alliance, visit www.conservationalliance.com.