Step Up for Grand Staircase

For our 2022 year-end campaign, we are centering on joy. We know one thing for sure: play and partnership are essential elements to our work. We all share a love for our Monument, our local communities, our state of Utah, our country, and our world.

Why We Step Up for Grand Staircase

Preservation of Discovery

"Discovering great places is at the heart of why CoolWorks exists. But beyond discovering and spending time working among the natural treasures of our country, we hope that the people who use our site will become conservationists, to appreciate how fragile natural...

Small Town Connections

Bob King first fell in love with Grand Staircase through his travels, and happened to be guided by Montana Horchler – a local of Escalante – on a tour in the Pacific Northwest. When he asked where the best place would be to donate to help protect Grand Staircase,...

Giving Back to Grand Staircase

"As I have settled into my position with Partners and life in Escalante, a question has risen in my mind: Why am I here? The past eight months, that question has been largely subconscious, below the surface, answered satisfactorily by the anxiousness and adrenaline of...

Adapting to Global Change

"Rapid global change is impacting every corner of the planet, including the Colorado Plateau. I’ve spent most of my career working on and thinking about the Colorado Plateau, my heart’s home, and I have come to feel that we need to find radically new ways of...

A Place of Learning

Craig “Sage” Sorenson has lived in Escalante since before the Monument was designated by President Clinton in 1996. He has seen the transformation of the small Utah town from an economically-struggling community to a thriving stop-over for travelers visiting the...

Family Tradition of Protecting Public Land

"My wife, Mary and I donate to Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) because after I worked for the National Park Service 37 ½ years we are “hung-up” on protecting public land. We can’t contribute to every piece of public land but we donate annually to 6...

Dinosaur Discoveries

"My first very first day in GSENM was as a first-year paleontology graduate student at the University of Utah in the fall of 2004, lugging a helicopter net deep into the badlands for later retrieval of an articulated dinosaur skeleton. From that moment, I was hooked...

Cherished Family Memories in the Monument

"At sixteen, mom and I made a covenant to visit all of the National Parks and Monuments. Going East to go to the West, we drove out to the desert each summer and winter to explore more of our favorite part of the country: Utah. With a freshly printed TripTik as our...

Ever-Changing Canyons

"Friends have said they love the slickrock desert because it’s timeless. But the canyons keep changing. Each time I visit my favorite places, I see something new and extraordinary. Fresh layers of sediment banking the creek, washed in by flash floods. A delicate...

Motorcycle Wanderings and Hell’s Backbone

On a never-ending quest to find the most remote places in southern Utah, Dave was drawn to the solitary adventure of Grand Staircase. He is a long-time visitor to the area, often on his trusted BMW motorcycle, and has always loved popping in to Hell’s Backbone Grill...

Passionate about our mission and want to share your knowledge, experience, and ideas about how to protect Grand Staircase? Join our Board!

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is seeking dedicated individuals with rich and diverse experiences who love the Grand Staircase and want to serve on our Board. If you or someone you know is interested, please review the Board of Directors’ Roles and Responsibilities, then submit your letter of interest by email to john@gsenm.org

New apparel for the holidayslimited edition!

We’re teaming up with Bonfire, a service that helps us create striking new designs for custom clothing. Each sale will support Grand Staircase Escalante Partners. By purchasing any one of the t-shirts, long-sleeves, or hoodies, you help us “Step Up” to ensure that the Monument is a resilient landscape rich in biodiversity—with protections for critical habitat, water sources, and sacred cultural sites.

This specific, one-of-a-kind design is only available until December 1st to purchase and strut your stuff with your commitment to Step Up for Grand Staircase. Our goal is to fundraise $2,000 by selling 200 items!

Join us on giving tuesday!

Tuesday, November 29th, is Giving Tuesday! As we approach this day of global generosity, we’re excited to share the diverse reasons people from the State of Utah, the Four Corners region and all over the country care deeply about Grand Staircase. For all these reasons and more, we are coming together this year to #stepupforgrandstaircase.

This Giving Tuesday, we are asking you to join us by sharing your story about why Grand Staircase is so important to you, and how you #stepupforgrandstaircase! Please email your story to sarah@gsenm.org. We can’t wait to learn more about your relationship with the Monument and celebrate you and all the stewards who work to respect and protect theMonument’s ecology, geology, biodiversity, and sacred cultural sites.

Other Ways to Support Us

Follow the link below to learn more about other ways to support Partners and contribute to our year-end campaign!

2022 Highlights

Advocacy for Grand Staircase

“There are few wild places left in the world that provide a refuge for wildlife, rare and endangered plants, centuries-old biological crust, still flowing natural springs, intact geological records, Indigenous cultural sites dating back thousands of years, and an environment where biodiversity—including 660 species of bees—can survive and thrive. Grand Staircase is one of those places. And it is our job—it is up to all of us—to advocate for its protection, preservation, and ability to adapt to climate change and endure for future generations.” Sarah Bauman, Executive Director

  • Serving on the Monument Advisory Committee and submitting recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management aimed at protecting the Monument objects and values identified within the 1996 and 2021 Proclamations and implementing adaptive management strategies to protect endangered species, ecosystem health, critical habitat, and create landscape resiliency
  • Outreach to Tribes and eight Tribal Listening sessions, for meaningful and authentic tribal input into how the Monument’s land, water, and cultural resources are managed
  • Working with our conservation partners, tribal representatives, and the Escalante River Watershed Partnership to launch the first Ways of Knowing and Protecting the Land and Water Resources of the Grand Staircase-Escalante region symposium focused, in part, on elevating the importance of Native voices and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Conservation of Grand Staircase

“The partnerships and projects we begin today will reinforce the resilience of this complex landscape to climate change and support its critical link for species migrations and habitat connectivity in the Southwest.” Kevin Berend, Conservation Programs Manager

  • 1,454 acres of riparian habitat retreated for Russian olive and 26 sites monitored for regrowth
  • Collaborating with NASA researchers on remote sensing of the Paria River watershed
  • Developing habitat resiliency and erosion control projects in partnership with Tribes and private landowners

acres of riparian habitat retreated for Russian olive

Stewardship in Grand Staircase

The Stewardship Program is unique in the way that it supports the Monument through hands-on projects that serve to both take care of the landscape and create a community of stewards who are linked by a love for the land and a desire to give back.” Kaitlin Martin, Stewardship Programs Manager

  • 17 volunteer events with volunteers removing thousands of pounds off trash and charcoal off the Monument, remediating hundreds of instances of scratched-in graffiti, removing thousands of invasive goat head seedlings, raking out several miles of non-permitted vehicle tracks in Wilderness Study Areas and sensitive soil communities, and cleaning up hundreds of dispersed camping sites across the Monument
  • 16 Trail Ambassador events with ambassadors interacting with more than 1,000 visitors at trailheads and along hiking trails, as well as handing out hundreds of wag bags, dog poop bags, trash bags, ziploc bags, and maps while educating visitors on ways they can reduce their impact
  • 131 volunteers donating 1,107 hours over twelve months to restore and protect the health and integrity of sensitive natural resources throughout the Monument

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers

Community Engagement

Community engagement is so important to protecting the landscape because communal celebrations of knowledge stretch us, and ask of us our deep, sincere attention; they lead us directly to engaging and thinking more about our impacts, and what we can do—by ourselves and with others—to give back what is continually given to us.” Marvin Contreras, Communications and Events Coordinator

  • 21 events held at our Escalante headquarters featuring musicians, speakers, authors, scientists, and humanities scholars, including Hopi musician Ed Kabotie and the Yoties with Sage Bond, writer and natural history field instructor Craig Childs, archaeologist R.E. Burrillo, visual artist Tim Musso, and more
  • 10 Roving Talks for the Escalante Canyons Art Festival focused on geology, archeology, beavers, visiting with respect, humanities in the wild, and more
  • Hosting live demonstrations, galleries, presentations, and music headliner Sihasin, a Diné punk band who describe “music as protest, a way to spread ideas, and bring people together is an old tradition here in the USofA. While it peaked in the 60’s, there continue to be bands that use music to reach people and to affect change.
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