PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement in recognition of 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson established the Grand Canyon as a national park:
"The Grand Canyon is more than an Arizona treasure,” said Governor Ducey. “It’s a national treasure that brings visitors from around the world. On the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon, we come together to admire this natural wonder and commit to continue preserving its magnificence for generations to come.”
For more on the history of the Grand Canyon National Park, click HERE.
View a commendation in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park HERE.
View text of the commendation below.
WHEREAS, President Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “in the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world”; and
WHEREAS, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act, establishing the nation’s 17th national park on February 26, 1919; and
WHEREAS, Grand Canyon National Park’s impressive geologic record and rugged landscapes host a high biodiversity of plant and animal communities and store a rich human history dating back thousands of years; and
WHEREAS, a world heritage site, Grand Canyon National Park welcomes more than six million domestic and international visitors to Arizona and encourages all to stay active and get outdoors; and
WHEREAS, Grand Canyon National Park’s influence and leadership in Arizona’s tourism sector created $938 million in economic benefit and more than 9,000 jobs for local communities in Northern Arizona; and
WHEREAS, Grand Canyon National Park could not have accomplished any of this without the dedicated efforts of National Park Service employees and their world class stewardship of this
magnificent landscape; and
WHEREAS, Grand Canyon National Park will continue to preserve a heritage that inspires, educates, and connects people from all over the world to the outdoors; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of its iconic natural beauty and economic impact to the state, Arizona has proudly been named "The Grand Canyon State."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this twentieth day of February in the year Two Thousand and Nineteen and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Third.
SECRETARY OF STATE