EVENT: Exploring and Protecting the Grand Canyon Wilderness--FREE!Posted by Adventure 16 | 05.08.2018
Grand Canyon National Park protects over one million acres of wild country, including weathered mesas, towering stands of ponderosa pine, majestic temples, craggy peaks, a superb fossil record, diverse archaeological resources, pristine side canyons, and raging rapids. And yet, many visitors may be surprised to find out that in this vast and majestic National Park and World Heritage Site, there are no officially designated wilderness areas. In the midst of increasing human populations and a rapidly mechanizing world, places like the Grand Canyon wilderness only become more valuable.
As public lands in the Southwest fall under the threat of resource extraction, energy and urban development, and privatization, it is wilderness areas that can, with popular support, political will, and forward-thinking management, provide a refuge for plants, animals, and humans alike for centuries to come.
In spite of its vastness, the Grand Canyon does not exist in a vacuum. Water extraction, dam operations, grazing, mining, development, climate change, and air pollution all threaten the seemingly protected canyon downstream or downwind. Learn about the Grand Canyon’s natural and cultural significance that make this landscape unique and worthy of official wilderness designation.
HAPPY HALF-HOUR: 6:30pm; FREE PRESENTATION: 7pm
Wednesday, May 16: A16 San Diego Store
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Hailing from Germany, Tobias Nickel first discovered his love for backpacking and the American West while attending college in California. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in environmental science, philosophy, and political science. Working as a guide for the university’s outdoor adventure center, Tobias led trips to wilderness destinations across the Southwest.
Since graduation, Tobias has worked for the California Wolf Center and the Catalina Island Conservancy. Most recently, Tobias was contracted by the National Park Service to carry out a Wilderness Assessment of Grand Canyon National Park. This summer, Tobias has his sights set on the North Cascades, where he will be participating in a NOLS Instructor and Mountaineering course. Tobias has previously given talks at A16, sharing his John Muir Trail thru-hike experience.