Helicopter Tours on the Navajo Nation
ETD and Papillon clear helicopter pads
ETD Inc. is excited to work with Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department (NNPRD) and Papillon Grand Canyon Tours in creating helicopter tours around Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park. The goal is to create economic opportunities associated with tourism by clearing eight helicopter landing sites, from Lees Ferry to the San Juan River, mostly along Lake Powell Shorelines. Each site will serve a different purpose, whether that will be photo op atop Tower Butte or a drop-off point for fishing and houseboating.
Before NPRD issues permits to the tour company, an Environmental Assessment (EA) must be completed and reviewed by the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency. The assessment will analyze impacts to various environmental resources. ETD visited these sites on September 14 and December 20, 2017 to conduct a field reconnaissance, document site conditions, take photos, and gather GPS coordinates. We evaluated the presence of the potential habitat for threatened, endangered, or sensitive species as well as any new cultural resources.
Due to the undisturbed nature of the landscape, there are many eagle nests and habitat for the Pediocactus bradyi (Brady Plains Cactus) within the Park. Yet, we did not observe any individuals of these species or evidence of nests. Once the EA is completed, it will identify mitigation measures aimed at reducing impacts to environmental resources.
For more information about Papillon Grand Canyon Tours, visit www.papillon.com