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Access Fund Releases Free Climbing News Application for Smart Phone Users
The Access Fund is excited to announce the release of its new smartphone application that delivers breaking news in the climbing world. Iphone® and Android® users can pick and choose which news feeds to receive from a variety of climbing media outlets.
Final Master Plan for Chimney Rock State Park Contains Significant Improvements for Climbers
The final Master Plan for Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina, which includes the Rumbling Bald area, was released earlier this month, containing revisions to the 2010 draft that better reflect the popularity of climbing in the Park and may allow access to more climbing areas in the future.
Access Fund Helps CRAG-VT Take Emergency Stewardship Action to Repair Access Road to Major Local Crags
After an unprecedented flood washed out the road to three major crags in the Bolton, Vermont area, CRAG-VT took immediate action to restore the road, preventing damage to neighboring lands. A small loan through the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) will assist with the cost and jumpstart CRAG-VT fundraising efforts.
Xcel Energy Awards The Access Fund $5000 to Conserve Colorado Climbing Areas
We are pleased to announce that Xcel Energy has awarded the Access Fund $5000 as part of its Environmental Foundation Grants Program. The funds will be used to protect and improve climbing areas at Golden Cliffs Preserve in Golden, CO and Unaweep Canyon, near Grand Junction, CO.
ACTION ALERT: Your Input Needed on Recreation Management Plan for Vulture Peak in Arizona
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to develop a Recreation Management Plan for the Vulture Mountains, which includes Vulture Peak, a small multi-pitch and aid crag that has several historical routes. They have posted a survey open to the public to comment on their proposed plan, which, as of now, does not include rock climbing. Act now to incorporate climbing into the Management Plan.
Roadside in the Red River Gorge closed to public access
On May 24th, Roadside, a popular crag in the Red River Gorge, was closed to public access until further notice. Landowners are concerned about climber impacts and activities at the well-travelled climbing area. The Access Fund is actively working with the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition to address these concerns and help make Roadside a sustainable climbing area for years to come.
Several significant climbing management plans on the horizon for Yosemite
In May, Access Fund policy director Jason Keith met in San Francisco and Yosemite Valley with new Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher and stakeholders interested in Yosemite National Park matters. Up for discussion were three upcoming management plans that could impact climbing access and camping (including the iconic Camp 4) in Yosemite Valley, the lower Merced River Gorge, and Tuolumne Meadows.
New Hope for Twin Sisters Climbing Access?
The National Park Service (NPS) has begun the general management planning process for the City of Rocks National Reserve. Of particular interest to climbers is whether the NPS will reconsider the controversial closure of the Twin Sisters formation.
New Study Shows Outdoor Recreation Key to 87,000 Arizona Jobs
Arizona businesses, outdoor recreation groups say new figures show why lawmakers should protect wilderness and tourism initiatives
Access Fund Tells Congress “Common Sense” Budget Needed for Depts. Interior and Agriculture
Access Fund’s Executive Director Brady Robinson today testified before the House Appropriations Committee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, asking for adequate funding for the Departments of Interior and Agriculture to ensure sufficient access for Americans to parks and public lands. The hearing considered spending priorities for the FY 2012 budget.