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Access Fund Hires Arizona Policy Analyst to Advocate for Climbers on Oak Flat Land Exchange
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that Curt Shannon has recently joined the organization as Arizona Policy Analyst. Curt will represent climbers and the Access Fund in their current opposition to HR 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act—more commonly known as the Oak Flat Land Exchange Bill.
Access Fund Awards Round One of Climbing Preservation Grants
Once again, 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 $26,000 to support local climbing activism and conservation of the climbing environment. Presented two times annually, the Climbing Preservation Grant program provides financial assistance to the grassroots network and land managers across the United States. During this first round of grants, the Access Fund is supporting nine worthy projects.
Conservation Team Tours Tennessee
The Conservation Team just wrapped up a tour of Tennessee, working alongside the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) at T-Wall and Leda, outside of Chattanooga.
Access Fund Announces 2011 Adopt a Crag and TeamWorks Awards
Each year, the Access Fund and its sponsors honor those organizers who went above and beyond. We are excited to present the 2011 Adopt a Crag awards to a deserving group of volunteers.
Cuba Closes All Access to its Mountains, Climbing Access Lost
Our peers at Access Pan Am, the western hemisphere climbers’ access organization, report trouble in the Cuban climbing paradise. An unexplained edict of the Cuban government has closed its western mountains, not only to climbers, but all visitors.
Access Fund Announces 2011 Sharp End Awards
Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to protecting America’s climbing. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community, and the Access Fund is honored to present this year's awards to a worthy group of volunteers and activists.
Your Help Needed to Address Impact Issues at Bishop
The Bishop area is seeing more and more climbers every year as its popularity continues to grow. Increased use is causing concern for sensitive cultural and natural resources, especially in the Tableland area north of Bishop. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Bishop Field Office is calling on the climbing community to help protect these resources and to ensure continued climbing access. We need your help to answer the call.
Save Oak Flat
If you live in NM, OR, WA, CO, NH, WV, AK, WY, ID, UT, KY, NV, or TN, you have the ability to help save this climbing area, because one of your Senators sits on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is due to hear testimony on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange this Thursday, February 9th. We've provided an easy way to contact your Senator and send a letter opposing the destruction of one of our treasured climbing areas! TAKE ACTION NOW!
Colorado Climbers: Your Help Needed on Boulder Canyon Study
The Boulder Climbing Community, in partnership with land managers, the Access Fund, and other partners is seeking input from climbers to get a better understanding of climbing use patterns and impacts in Boulder Canyon. If you climb in Boulder Canyon, please take a moment and fill out the survey.
Grant Applications Due March 1st
Got an access or stewardship project that needs funding? It’s not too late to submit a grant application for our spring cycle. The Access Fund Climbing Preservation Grant Program funds projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and conserve the climbing environment throughout the United States.