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2012 Conservation Team Tour Comes to an End
It’s a bitter-sweet time of year here at the Access Fund. The second tour of the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team has come to an end, and we've had to say goodbye to our amazing inaugural team members: Jeff Young, Jason Kaplan, and Dave Montgomery.
Williamson Rock Update
Currently, Williamson Rock remains closed to protect the MYLF and will likely not re-open until the 2005 Biological Opinions and revised forest plans are amended. However the Access Fund and Allied Climbers of San Diego continue to work on getting Williamson Rock re-opened. Get the latest details on this difficult issue.
Access Fund Responds to Resolution Copper’s Recent Announcement of Workforce Reductions
Some of you have probably seen the recent announcement by Resolution Copper Mining (RCM) stating their intent to scale back most activities at the RCM mine, adjacent to Oak Flat, due to uncertainty in the legislative and regulatory environment. This politically motivated attempt to gain sympathy for layoffs that they would most likely be making anyway is a move to pressure Congress to push their problematic legislation through the Senate. We should not let RCM succeed in this misinformation strategy.
Southeastern Climbers Coalition Partners with the Access Fund to Acquire Hospital Boulders
The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) is pleased to announce that it is under contract to acquire the Hospital Boulders in northeastern Alabama. The Access Fund is providing a bridge loan of $75,000 from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) to finance the acquisition.
Access Fund Partners with Brooklyn Boulders for Climbing Access
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) climbing gym in a joint-membership venture geared towards providing outdoor stewardship opportunities and education to climbers in the Northeast.
Access Fund Acquires Holy Boulders – Asks for Further Support
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Holy Boulders in Southern Illinois. However, more help is needed from the climbing community to fundraise and transfer the property to a long-term owner.
Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition Makes Final Payment on Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve!
The Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition (RRGCC) made final payment on their Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) loan, completing eight years of fundraising for their purchase of the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) and returning funds to the revolving loan program where the Access Fund will loan the money out again to save another threatened climbing area.
Egregious Wilderness Climbing Violations at Joshua Tree
Within the pristine wilderness of Queen Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park sits a beautiful area called The Underground Chasm. Earlier this year, local climbers noticed that the approach steps to Underground Chasm were chipped into the rock, and the routes also appeared to be “enhanced” and overly bolted. A subsequent Park Service investigation of The Underground Chasm discovered hundreds of illegally placed bolts, fixed rope, burnt Joshua Trees, stashed camping and climbing gear, chipped steps and damage to other nearby trees and plants.
Access Fund Announces Second Round Grant Recipients
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $18,000 in this second round of the 2012 Climbing Preservation Grants Program. Again this round, Access Fund members got the opportunity to review qualifying grant projects and rate them, providing valuable input to our grant selection committee as to which projects they want their dollars to support.
Auburn Quarry Fundraising Goal Met
The Access Fund and Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento (CRAGS) are pleased to announce the successful completion of the fundraising campaign to open Auburn Quarry outside of Sacramento, California.