Wilderness Volunteers: 2017 North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park Service Trip (Arizona)
A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size; 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Located in northern Arizona and carved by the powerful Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is recognized primarily by its exposed geologic strata, layer upon layer, representing one of the most complete records of geological history that can be seen anywhere in the world. Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, the Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today, the Grand Canyon is considered among the crown jewels of our National Park system, and one of the natural wonders of the world.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is remote and breathtaking. Because it is harder to get to and more secluded than the South Rim, the North Rim accounts for only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. The climate is significantly different as well as the North Rim is on average 1,300 feet higher than the South Rim.
"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail." - John Wesley Powell
This ongoing service project has included various projects, including assisting the park's vegetation crew with needed vegetation management tasks on the North Rim. We prepared ground and planted native plants as part of the larger North Rim Lodge restoration project. In addition to planting, the project included invasive plant removal, site restoration and maintenance, and seed collection.
For more information: http://www.WildernessVolunteers.org
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2017 Grand Canyon NP