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Encouraging News for Climbing Access in Yosemite
Yosemite National Park recently announced in its “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report that it recognizes the recreational significance of Yosemite Valley, and specifically acknowledges climbing as an active pursuit that draws people from around the world. This is important because climbing as an activity is now more likely to be “protected and enhanced” rather than restricted. The Park will hold public workshops and roundtables on their draft “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report, which will include discussions with Yosemite planners and user capacity experts.
Minnewaska State Park Will Consider New Climbing Opportunities
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) just released the final Master Plan for Minnewaska, and unlike the restrictive draft plan, the final plan directs that a climbing management plan will be developed for the Preserve indicating areas suitable and unsuitable for rock climbing. Minnewaska will now consider future climbing opportunities throughout most of the park subject to environmental study.
Access Fund Becomes Nationally Recognized Member of Land Trust Alliance
The Access Fund announced today that it has become a nationally recognized member of the Land Trust Alliance, committing itself to meeting the same high standards as other leading land conservation organizations around the country. Members of the board of directors from both organizations made the unanimous decision to dissolve the Access Fund Land Foundation and transfer all holdings to the Access Fund.
Access Fund to Refinance Pendergrass-Murray Loan, Saving Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition Thousands
The Access Fund announced today that it will provide Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition with short-term financing to pay off the current seller-financed loan on the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. A $65,000 loan will be supplied by the new Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign, a revolving loan program that provides local climbing organizations with the funds and expertise needed to act quickly to save threatened climbing areas.
Spadout.com donates $1 to the Access Fund for new facebook fans
Access Fund corporate parnter Spadout.com is running a promotion from May 17 - 31, where it will donate $1 to the Access Fund for every new fan that joins their Facebook group. Join their group today at www.facebook.com/spadout to send a dollar to the Access Fund!
Park Service to Pull Bolts at Christmas Tree Pass, Nevada?
The NPS proposes to pull bolts within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada, risking several remote desert climbs found at Christmas Tree Pass in the Newberry Mountains. The NPS justifies this plan as necessary to protect archeological resources and wilderness character.
Your Chance to Influence New Jack City Camping
The BLM office would like climbers' input before writing an environmental assessment for improvements of the Sawtooth Camping Area at New Jack City.
Access Fund Announces First Round 2010 Grant Recipients
In the first round of the Climbing Preservation Grant Program for 2010, the
Red Rocks Threatened by Massive Housing Development
An upcoming zoning exception could turn the few acres left between the grid of Las Vegas and Red Rocks into a housing development, forever changing the views from your favorite multi-pitch climbs.
Climbing Banned at Portion of Castle Rocks – Access Fund Set to Appeal
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a climbing ban on 400 acres in the Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area, adjacent to Castle Rocks State Park in Idaho. This ban affects over 40 established climbs and hundreds of potential new routes. The ban is more restrictive than any other BLM climbing area in the country, and is an even higher standard than those imposed on wilderness areas or other highly protected land designations.