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Southeast Arizona Land Exchange Bill Passes House, On its Way to Senate
On October 26, 2011, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 which would exchange approximately 2,400 acres of public land--including Oak Flat--for 5,300 acres held by a multi-national mining company for the creation of a massive copper mine.
Conservation Team Reports Back from the Red
Southern hospitality is alive and well in the Red! The feedback we received from the locals was great—everyone was very appreciative of our visit and our work. Click through to see a stone step project at the Solar Collector/Gold Coast approach.
Fighting Climbing Ban at Massacre Rock and Castle Rocks
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Idaho is proposing a climbing ban on its property at Massacre Rocks and making its ban at Castle Rocks permanent due to fears that climbing could potentially have negative impacts on cultural resources at each location.
National Access and Stewardship Summit
The 2011 National Access and Stewardship Summit in Golden, CO was our largest to date and featured three concurrent tracks for attendees to choose from. The Access Fund provided travel scholarships to encourage regional diversity, and attracted nearly 75 climbers from across the States as well as Canada and Latin America.
Access Fund Conservation Team Ready to Hit the Road
The Access Fund is excited to announce that the Access Fund’s new traveling Conservation Team, sponsored by Jeep® brand, is ready to hit the road—first stop the Rocktoberfest climbing festival in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky.
Gunks Climbers' Coalition Offers Joint Membership with Access Fund
The Gunks Climbers' Coalition has joined forces with the Access Fund for the good of climbers and climbing access along the Shawangunk Ridge and surrounding areas.
Park Officials Announce Denali Fee Increase
Last fall word spread of a fee increase proposal at Denali that could go as high as $500. After a year of working with the American Alpine Club and American Mountain Guides Association to investigate the scope and associated budget of the mountaineering program, we are happy to report that the fee increase is lower than originally expected.
Access Fund Announces Second Round Grant Recipients
The Access Fund is pleased to announce the second round of the Climbing Preservation Grant Program for 2011. For the first time this year, Access Fund members were given the opportunity to rate grant projects, helping the Access Fund decide which projects they were most interested in funding. In this round of grants, the Access Fund awarded over $20,000 to support local climbing activism and conservation of the climbing environment.
BLM Remains Determined to Close Massacre Rocks, ID
Last month the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho announced their proposal to close up to 600 acres at Massacre Rocks near American Falls. The Access Fund is working with local climbers to propose a more balanced management of climbing and cultural resources.
The New Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
On July 1st the former Division of Wildlife and Parks and Outdoor Recreation merged becoming the Division of Parks and Wildlife (DPW). Introduced by Governor Hickenlooper as primarily a cost-saving measure, the consolidation leads to concerns over the future of climbing access in Colorado.