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New Coalition to Address Climbing Issues in Central Arizona
Central Arizona climbers have formed a new climbers advocacy groupthe Queen Creek Coalition (QCC)to address issues related to 1) the proposed new mining activity near Oak Flat, 2) ongoing associated legislative activity that would transfer public land to Resolution Copper Company, and 3) possible new highway construction impacts. www.queencreekcoalition.com.
Portland Climber Activist Summit a Success, OR
On February 1 and 2, over two dozen climbers and land managers from Oregon and Washington participated at a summit focused on climbing access and conservation issues. The mission of the summit was to create a forum where climbers and land managers could openly discuss the management of recreational climbing on public lands.
Williamson Rock Update, CA
The Williamson Rock area has been temporarily closed since December 2005 to protect the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog (MYLF), which is an endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Populations of the frog are known to exist within the closure area.
Access Update, NC
In October 2007, the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) held its annual Fall meeting during the 15th annual Hound Ears Bouldering Competition. Elections for new officers were held, and the new group set out to conquer the tasks remaining from the last year and to seek new opportunities for the new year.
Clarification of Rules Affecting Climbing and Slack Lines in Yosemite National Park, CA
National Parks are regulated by laws published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Each park also has a Superintendents Compendium that acts as a supplement to the CFR. For example, Yosemites Compendium includes rules controlling everything from wilderness protection and fires to campground rules as well as climbing route closures that protect cliff-nesting raptors.
LAC Final Meeting Scheduled, Red River Gorge, KY
On Tuesday February 19, 2008 the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) process for Red River Gorge will wrap up in one final review meeting at the Daniel Boone National Forest Supervisors Office in Winchester, Kentucky.
North Cascades National Park Agrees to Allow New Climbing Routes in the Skagit River Gorge, WA
Since 2003, the Access Fund has worked with climbing activists in Washington State to respond to concerns of the North Cascades National Park regarding climbing and bouldering impacts in the Skagit River Gorge near Newhalem, Washington. These areas host high quality sport climbing and extensive bouldering www.misha.org/Climbing/Newhalem/Map1.html.
SCC Update, GA, AL, TN
During the past couple of months, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) held several comps and trail days in areas such as Boat Rock, GA (newly purchased by the SCC), Jamestown, AL (owned by the SCC), Castle Rock, TN (leased by the SCC), and Sunset Rock, TN.
Hyalite Canyon Road Re-Opened for Ice Climbing Bozeman, MT
Following the recent closure of the Hyalite Canyon Road by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the resulting loss of ice climbing access in the Hyalite area, local climbing activists rallied to persuade USFS to reopen the road for day-use access into this ice climbing Mecca.
Notification of Action in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, NV
Beginning January 7, 2008, the Bureau of Land Management will be begin renovating the Late Night parking lot in the southern half of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 4.7 miles west of the junction of State Route 159 and State Route 160. The project is anticipated to be completed within four months.