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Access Fund Urges Support for Colorado Wilderness Proposals
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9/30/2010
Today the Access Fund announced its support for two Colorado wilderness proposals that protect recreational access and respect private property rights.


Access Fund Announces Second Round Grant Recipients for 2010
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9/17/2010
The Access Fund is proud to support three projects with over $13,000 towards stewardship and start-up costs to complete the second round of the Access Fund Climbing Preservation Grant Program in 2010.

Denali and Rainier National Parks Set to raise Mountaineering Fees
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09/14/2010
The cost to climb at Denali and Mount Rainier may soon increase dramatically. Both parks announced their intention to raise mountaineering fees starting in 2012—from $30 to $50 at Mount Rainer and an unprecedented 150% increase at Denali, taking the price from $300 to $500. The fee increases were announced without an open public process to determine their need or an assessment of the mountaineering programs and budgets for both parks. The Access Fund is working with our partners at the American Alpine Club and the American Mountain Guides Association to protest these unjustified fees and ensure that an open public process be used to determine their validity. To read our general position on recreational use fees, take a look here (link to general use fees page on web). Stay tuned for future updates or contact Jason Keith at Jason@accessfund.org for more information.

Forest Service Recommends Extending Closure of Williamson Rock
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09/14/2010
Since 2004, the Angeles National Forest has banned climbing at Williamson Rock due to conflicts with critical habitat of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. Angeles National Forest recently proposed extending the current closure at Williamson Rock for three more years to continue monitoring the endangered frog species. The Access Fund and our partners, Friends of Williamson Rock and Allied Climbers of San Diego, are working to assess whether the extended closure is warranted and to ensure that the US Forest Service study alternate approach trails to the popular crag that would allow climbing access and also protect sensitive wildlife habitat. Please take a moment to show your support by urging the US Forest Service to study alternate approach trails to Williamson Rock.

Southeastern Climbers Coalition Pays Back its AFLCC Loan for Steele
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8/13/2010
Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) paid back its loan for the Steele cliff line to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) last week, making it the second loan to fully revolve back into the program. The early payment comes just a month after Washington Climbers Coalition’s repayment, further proving the efficacy of the AFLCC to provide local climbing organizations the short-term capital necessary to secure climbing resources.

Vermont's Carcass Crag Acquired!
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8/13/2010
CRAG-VT is thrilled to announce the acquisition of one of Vermont’s best sport climbing cliffs: the Carcass Crag! This winter, CRAG-VT signed a purchase and sale agreement to annex the cliff through a boundary line adjustment on their Bolton Quarry climbing area. With the support of the Access Fund and local climbers, CRAG-VT completed the land purchase in early July.

Action Alert: Restore Climbing Opportunities at Arches National Park
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We need your help to restore the unique wilderness climbing opportunities found only in Arches National Park! In 2006, the National Park Service banned the use of fixed anchors after the Delicate Arch controversy and effectively banned climbing on many of the Park's historic towers. The restriction they placed on permanent climbing hardware was a reaction to a random controversy and not a planning process that demonstrated a need to limit these necessary climbing tools. Take action now!



Access Fund Launches Advocacy Campaign to Support Land & Water Conservation Fund
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You have the power to help supercharge the Access Fund’s land acquisition efforts, helping to save threatened climbing areas from development and closure! Please write your Senator and US Representative, asking them to support full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Washington Climbers Coalition pays off Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign loan for Index, returning funds to the revolving loan program
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7/9/2010
Last week, WCC paid back its loan to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) for the option agreement on Lower Index Town Wall in Washington. The WCC submitted its final loan repayment—returning the original $15,000 to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign where it will be loaned back out to save other climbing areas.

Encouraging News for Climbing Access in Yosemite
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6/11/2010
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.

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