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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.
Erik Weihenmayer Presents Adventures in the Vertical World to Support Access Fund
Please join us on Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 pm as Erik Weihenmayer presents Adventures in the Vertical World at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado. Tickets are on sale now!
Red Rocks Wilderness Plan Still in the Works
Despite several starts and stops over the last few years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to work on a wilderness management plan that will affect climbing and bolting policies at Red Rocks near Las Vegas. Several changes in the BLM staff over the past three years have prevented the plan from proceeding, but the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council continues to represent climber interests and work on collaborative conservation projects with the local BLM office.