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Access Fund Announces 2011 Sharp End Awards
Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to protecting America’s climbing. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community, and the Access Fund is honored to present this year's awards to a worthy group of volunteers and activists.
Your Help Needed to Address Impact Issues at Bishop
The Bishop area is seeing more and more climbers every year as its popularity continues to grow. Increased use is causing concern for sensitive cultural and natural resources, especially in the Tableland area north of Bishop. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Bishop Field Office is calling on the climbing community to help protect these resources and to ensure continued climbing access. We need your help to answer the call.
Save Oak Flat
If you live in NM, OR, WA, CO, NH, WV, AK, WY, ID, UT, KY, NV, or TN, you have the ability to help save this climbing area, because one of your Senators sits on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is due to hear testimony on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange this Thursday, February 9th. We've provided an easy way to contact your Senator and send a letter opposing the destruction of one of our treasured climbing areas! TAKE ACTION NOW!
Colorado Climbers: Your Help Needed on Boulder Canyon Study
The Boulder Climbing Community, in partnership with land managers, the Access Fund, and other partners is seeking input from climbers to get a better understanding of climbing use patterns and impacts in Boulder Canyon. If you climb in Boulder Canyon, please take a moment and fill out the survey.
Grant Applications Due March 1st
Got an access or stewardship project that needs funding? It’s not too late to submit a grant application for our spring cycle. The Access Fund Climbing Preservation Grant Program funds projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and conserve the climbing environment throughout the United States.
Massacre & Castle Rocks: Your Advocacy in Action
Concerned climbers submitted hundreds of letters to the BLM outlining reasonable compromises that allow climbing and protection of cultural resources at Massacre and Castle Rocks. Thanks to your advocacy the BLM has reconsidered its proposal.
Jailhouse Gets a Makeover
This November, dollars from the Unlock Jailhouse fundraising campaign were put into action as 45 climbers spent the day with shovels in hand to start a new era at Jailhouse, ensuring that climbers can safely park their cars at a new trailhead half the distance to the crag. The new Access Fund Conservation Team organized dozens of volunteers in its most extensive project to date.
Rifle Expansion on the Horizon?
Immediately down the canyon from Rifle Mountain Park is a piece of property known as Rifle Falls State Fish Unit, owned by Colorado Division of Wildlife, which contains climbing resources comparable to the excellent climbing found at Rifle. Climbing is currently prohibited on the property, but Access Fund and Rifle Climbers Coalition have been working together to open this property to climbing.
Safe Harbor “South” Crags Re-Open!
We are happy to report that after more than a decade in limbo, the crags at Safe Harbor in Pennsylvania have been partially re-opened to climbing.
Outdoor Alliance Hosts Partnership Summit in Colorado
The first-ever Outdoor Alliance Partnership Summit kicked off on the evening of Dec. 6, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO. The two-day meeting brings together field staff from each of the six OA groups—as well as representatives from state and federal land management agencies—to share stories of successful working relationships from around the United States.