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Hawaii Climbing Access Effort Hits a Roadblock
Last week the legislative effort to re-open Oahu’s state lands to climbing hit a roadblock. Our two remaining bills (SB 1168 & SB 1007) died when the House Judicial Committee refused to schedule a hearing.
Your Help Needed to Protect Peregrine Falcons in Yosemite
To protect this raptor and the Yosemite climbing experience, the Park Service asks climbers to cooperate and support some route closures during nesting season when peregrines are most sensitive to human disturbance. Closures begin March 1, 2013 and remain in effect until July 15, 2013, or until the chicks have fledged and left the area..
Access Victory at Rib Mountain State Park, WI
Rib Mountain Sate Park just southwest of Wausau, Wisconsin hosts incredibly hard quartzite rock formations forged some 1.5 to 2 billion years ago. The area offers great bouldering, and climbers have visited Rib Mountain for close to twenty years.However in 2003, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prohibited rock climbing in the abandoned quarry area.
Access Fund Announces 2012 Sharp End Awards
Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals, organizations, 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.
AZ Land Exchange Dies in Congress – Oak Flat Fight Continues
With the expiration of the 112th U.S. Congress, the current land exchange bill that would have conveyed the Oak Flat, AZ climbing areas to Resolution Copper Company died.
Hawaii Climbing Bans Spread
As previously reported, both Mokuleia Wall (aka Moke) and Makapuu on Oahu remain closed due to liability concerns after a girl was critically injured at Moke in June 2012. Initially, the closures were thought to be limited to these two crags. Unfortunately, in December four climbers were ticketed for climbing at a northshore area clearly distinct from the Moke.
SCC Works to Overturn Town Ban on Climbing at Signal Mountain
Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) is asking the town of Signal Mountain, TN to overturn a 1992 ordinance prohibiting rock climbing within town limits.
Spring Grant Application Deadline Approaching
Got an access or stewardship project that needs funding? It’s not too late to submit a grant application for our spring cycle.
Western Massachusetts Climbers’ Coalition Makes Final Payment on Farley Ledge
The Western Massachusetts Climbers' Coalition (WMCC) made the final payment on their Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) loan, completing five years of fundraising for the Farley Ledge Preservation Initiative.
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.