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Save Grand Canyon Rafting Through Private And Public Conservation Programs

Author : Stephen Daniels

The preservation of the Grand Canyon's breathtaking features hinges upon the many conservation programs supported by professional outfitters and outdoor enthusiasts alike. In order to preserve the scenic beauty as well as archaeological and geological features of the natural treasure for future generations to enjoy, it is incumbent upon all visitors and Grand Canyon rafting fans to be good stewards of the river and land. A variety of funds, associations and government-sponsored conservation programs make it their mission to ensure continued public access to the Grand Canyon while maintaining the beauty and integrity of the natural space.

Colorado River rafting trips are among the most thrilling and enjoyable in the world. The combination of challenging rapids and scenery make for the experience of a lifetime. To guard against the ravages of overuse, private rafting permits are limited each year. River expeditions led by professionals offer great flexibility, though they are often limited in availability. On these adventures, rafting guides inform groups about the canyon's history and archaeological significance. Visitors also learn about the impact humans have on the land and get to experience stewardship firsthand.

When planning a white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, one should select an outfitter belonging to one of several preservation organizations. Government sponsored or privately funded, these organizations are instrumental in helping to preserve this area. Below are just a few of the many conservation programs working together to save this amazing natural wonder of the world:

• Vanishing Treasures Program - Established by Congress in 1998, this government-funded program provides critical resources and funds used to preserve both prehistoric and historic sites of architectural significance from the ravaging effects of erosion, vandalism, burrowing rodent damage, and growing visitation effects.

• Leave No Trace Organization - Billing itself as an educational and ethical program, they help outdoor enthusiasts to become more aware of the impact things like equipment, camp site set-up, waste disposal and even noise can have on the environment they love. Rafting outfitters always aim to ensure that the presence of the groups they lead cannot be detected once they have left.

• Grand Canyon River Runners Association - Promoting the highest ideals of conservation and stewardship, this organization aims to keep the park open to the public by maintaining an adequate number of high-quality professional river services.

• Grand Canyon Conservation Fund - This non-profit organization is supported fully by river trip passengers. Every penny of these donations goes directly to protecting and conserving the Grand Canyon and providing access to people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to share in the Grand Canyon river experience.

Besides affiliation with a conservation group, Grand Canyon rafting outfitters should demonstrate sound ecological practices. This includes proper disposal of garbage and human waste, the use of eco-friendly cleaning products and leaving fragile ecosystems undisturbed. Most outfitters are very conscientious, and work hard to ensure they leave everything as good as they found it, or better.

Whether from erosion, graffiti, vandalism, waste or the removal of artifacts, historical landmarks, archaeological areas of significance, and geological formations are vulnerable to destruction. In addition, there are species of both flora and fauna that are found no-where else in the world.

The Grand Canyon is a national and international treasure that future generations deserve to see and experience. Without the intervention of different preservation programs, carelessness and overuse could ultimately destroy the pristine nature of the canyon as well as the Colorado River. Through the combined efforts of conservation-minded, professional river rafting outfitters and environmentally-conscious rafters, the stewardship of the canyon becomes a collective practice that benefits everyone, both today and in the future. It would be a tragedy if future generations were not able to enjoy a Grand Canyon white water rafting excursion due to overuse and lack of conservation efforts now.

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If you are interested in booking a unique Grand Canyon rafting trip along the mighty Colorado, S. Daniels, a noted internet marketing strategist, highly recommends Hatch River Expeditions. Their guides are environmentally conscientious, but still manage to pamper, educate and entertain as they share with you the grandeur of the Grand Canyon.

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