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Zion National Park Asks for Public Comment on Backcountry Management Policies, UT
In 2005 the National Park Service at Zion completed public scoping on a plan to manage of backcountry in Zion that includes vast climbing opportunities, including some of the countrys most significant adventure big wall climbing.
Access Fund Joins Broad Coalition Opposing Numerical Limits on Access in Yosemite National Park
Climbing Advocates Sign Amicus Brief in U.S. Court of Appeals Supporting Efforts to Protect the Merced River and Visitor Access in Yosemite. The Access Fund announced on May 10th that it has joined a group of seven leading conservation and recreational organizations to take legal action supporting a specific point in the Yosemite National Parks Merced River Management Planadaptive carrying capacity management provisions.
Allied Climbers of San Diego Update, CA
The Allied Climbers of San Diego (ACSD) is excited to announce that San Diegos newest Access Fund Affiliate is off to a great start. On June 29th the ACSD is hosting its inaugural community-building gathering!
CLOSEDParadise on the Brazos, TX
The property owner of Paradise on the Brazos in Graham, Texas officially closed the area to climbing. He is still operating his normal business, but shut down climbing as of May 13. As always, the climbing community is asked to respect the wishes of the property owner.
Elys Peak Update, MN
Climbers visiting the Ely's Peak climbing area near Duluth, Minnesota should be aware of recent access issues at the crag. The owner of the private land on the north side of the Munger Trail has been having cars towed if they are parked near his driveway access on the south of the Munger Trail.
Oregon Bill Requiring Emergency Locator Beacons on Mt. Hood May Not Become Law
An Oregon bill that would require Mt. Hood climbers to carry emergency locator beacons recently stalled in the Oregon Senate leading some to believe that the measure will fail this legislative session.
Update - Farley Ledge, MA
The Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition (WMCC), an Access Fund Affiliate closed on a nine-acre parcel of land abutting Farley Ledge. Ownership of this parcel provides permanent public access while saving a precious natural resource from certain development.
Update on Red River Gorge, KY
Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) The Red River Reunion and a grant from Patagonia secured the funds for RRGCC owned Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) 2007 mortgage payment. The Patagonia grant was received with the assistance of the Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Update-Madrone Wall, OR
For the past several months, Access Fund Regional Coordinator Kellie Rice has actively participated in monthly Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board meetings advocating immediate funding for the parks master planning followed by funding for capital improvements (e.g., on-site parking) in subsequent years.
2007 And Beyond, Skaha, BC
Access to Skaha is in place for 2007, and The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) and Skaha rockclimbers have been working hard on public access to Skaha for 2008 and beyond, with support from Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Access Society, and others.