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Roadside in the Red River Gorge closed to public access
On May 24th, Roadside, a popular crag in the Red River Gorge, was closed to public access until further notice. Landowners are concerned about climber impacts and activities at the well-travelled climbing area. The Access Fund is actively working with the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition to address these concerns and help make Roadside a sustainable climbing area for years to come.
Several significant climbing management plans on the horizon for Yosemite
In May, Access Fund policy director Jason Keith met in San Francisco and Yosemite Valley with new Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher and stakeholders interested in Yosemite National Park matters. Up for discussion were three upcoming management plans that could impact climbing access and camping (including the iconic Camp 4) in Yosemite Valley, the lower Merced River Gorge, and Tuolumne Meadows.
New Hope for Twin Sisters Climbing Access?
The National Park Service (NPS) has begun the general management planning process for the City of Rocks National Reserve. Of particular interest to climbers is whether the NPS will reconsider the controversial closure of the Twin Sisters formation.
New Study Shows Outdoor Recreation Key to 87,000 Arizona Jobs
Arizona businesses, outdoor recreation groups say new figures show why lawmakers should protect wilderness and tourism initiatives
Access Fund Tells Congress “Common Sense” Budget Needed for Depts. Interior and Agriculture
Access Fund’s Executive Director Brady Robinson today testified before the House Appropriations Committee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, asking for adequate funding for the Departments of Interior and Agriculture to ensure sufficient access for Americans to parks and public lands. The hearing considered spending priorities for the FY 2012 budget.
What a Government Shutdown Would Mean for Climbers
Like most Americans, you’ve surely heard about the looming threat of a government shutdown, which could take place tomorrow. But what does it mean for climbers?
Grant from Conservation Alliance Completes Jailhouse Fundraising Campaign
The Access Fund is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Conservation Alliance to secure permanent public access to and long-term conservation of Jailhouse Rock climbing area near Sonora, California, ending the Unlock Jailhouse fundraising campaign.
Access Fund Announces First Round Grant Recipients for 2011
In the first round of the Climbing Preservation Grant Program for 2011, the Access Fund awarded over $18,000 to support local climbing activism and conservation of the climbing environment. Presented two times annually, the Climbing Preservation Grant program provides financial assistance to the grassroots network and land managers across the United States.
Access Fund Announces 2010 Adopt a Crag Awards
Since its inception in 1999, Adopt a Crag has been the largest climbing community volunteer initiative throughout the nation. Each year, the Access Fund and its sponsors honor those organizers who went above and beyond. We are excited to present the 2010 Adopt a Crag awards to a deserving group of volunteers.
20 Years, 20 Milestones: Access Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This year, the Access Fund celebrates its 20th anniversary. In celebration of our heritage, we invite you to look back with us on 20 great milestones that have helped shape the course of the Access Fund and climbing in America.