In Arizona, powerful special interests have their eyes on the state’s public lands and shared resources. The Grand Canyon and its watershed are threatened by powerful special interests that want to open the surrounding area to uranium mining, which could poison water and irreversibly harm sensitive landscapes. In the southern part of the state, a massive copper mine proposal similarly threatens the Santa Rita Mountains.
Money Trails shows how deep-pocketed special interests are leveraging their political connections in the Trump administration to reduce public land protections in Arizona. They are paving the way for ill-advised and unpopular mining projects that will devastate Arizona’s rich natural resources and recreation economy.
-Altogether, public land supports 201,000 jobs in Arizona, generating $21.2 billion in consumer spending and $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue.
-Arizona has 28,105,757 acres of federal public land encompassing 13 national monuments and dozens of scenic wilderness areas.
-Arizona has three national parks-- Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Saguaro.