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Denali and Rainier National Parks Set to raise Mountaineering Fees
The cost to climb at Denali and Mount Rainier may soon increase dramatically. Both parks announced their intention to raise mountaineering fees starting in 2012—from $30 to $50 at
Forest Service Recommends Extending Closure of Williamson Rock
Since 2004, the Angeles National Forest has banned climbing at Williamson Rock due to conflicts with critical habitat of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog.
Southeastern Climbers Coalition Pays Back its AFLCC Loan for Steele
Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) paid back its loan for the Steele cliff line to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) last week, making it the second loan to fully revolve back into the program. The early payment comes just a month after Washington Climbers Coalition’s repayment, further proving the efficacy of the AFLCC to provide local climbing organizations the short-term capital necessary to secure climbing resources.
Vermont's Carcass Crag Acquired!
CRAG-VT is thrilled to announce the acquisition of one of Vermont’s best sport climbing cliffs: the Carcass Crag! This winter, CRAG-VT signed a purchase and sale agreement to annex the cliff through a boundary line adjustment on their Bolton Quarry climbing area. With the support of the Access Fund and local climbers, CRAG-VT completed the land purchase in early July.
Action Alert: Restore Climbing Opportunities at Arches National Park
We need your help to restore the unique wilderness climbing opportunities found only in Arches National Park! In 2006, the National Park Service banned the use of fixed anchors after the Delicate Arch controversy and effectively banned climbing on many of the Park's historic towers. The restriction they placed on permanent climbing hardware was a reaction to a random controversy and not a planning process that demonstrated a need to limit these necessary climbing tools. Take action now!
Access Fund Launches Advocacy Campaign to Support Land & Water Conservation Fund
You have the power to help supercharge the Access Fund’s land acquisition efforts, helping to save threatened climbing areas from development and closure! Please write your Senator and US Representative, asking them to support full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Washington Climbers Coalition pays off Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign loan for Index, returning funds to the revolving loan program
Last week, WCC paid back its loan to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) for the option agreement on Lower Index Town Wall in Washington. The WCC submitted its final loan repayment—returning the original $15,000 to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign where it will be loaned back out to save other climbing areas.
Encouraging News for Climbing Access in Yosemite
Yosemite National Park recently announced in its “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report that it recognizes the recreational significance of Yosemite Valley, and specifically acknowledges climbing as an active pursuit that draws people from around the world. This is important because climbing as an activity is now more likely to be “protected and enhanced” rather than restricted. The Park will hold public workshops and roundtables on their draft “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report, which will include discussions with Yosemite planners and user capacity experts.
Minnewaska State Park Will Consider New Climbing Opportunities
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) just released the final Master Plan for Minnewaska, and unlike the restrictive draft plan, the final plan directs that a climbing management plan will be developed for the Preserve indicating areas suitable and unsuitable for rock climbing. Minnewaska will now consider future climbing opportunities throughout most of the park subject to environmental study.
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.