Arizona – -( The Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF)-led campaign to keep the uranium mining moratorium in place made a big splash in local and even national media with over a dozen different stories running in various media outlets. AWF’s strategy has been to coordinate Arizona sportsman’s groups to stand together and stop this threat before it gained momentum within the Department of the Interior (DOI).

Although it’s too early to claim victory, it is clear we made a significant impact. A tweet from DOI Press Secretary, Heather Swift, went out indicating that they have “no intention to revisit uranium mining.” This was the first public response of any kind from Secretary Zinke’s office on this issue and it would never have happened without the pressure exerted by our sportsmen’s coalition.

While a tweet from a department press secretary is no guarantee of a policy position from the DOI, it is a hopeful stepping-stone toward an agreement with the DOI that uranium mining around the Grand Canyon is a bad idea. AWF and our coalition partners are requesting a formal response by Zinke to that effect. Adding weight to that request are letters from Coconino County Supervisors and a group of Arizona congressional delegates (O’Halleran, Sinema, Grijalva, and Gallego) also requesting a formal response from the DOI.

If you haven’t yet seen the video about the issue — starring John Hamill (AWF Director), Terry Herndon (AWF Affiliate Arizona a Mule Deer Organization), and Steve LaFalce (AWF Affiliate Trout Unlimited) — check it out below or at either or Similarly, if you haven’t signed on at either of those sites with your own personal support, please do so and forward the links to like-minded family and friends!

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