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Trout Creek Closure Lifted

8/16/2012

Back in February of this year, we reported that the BLM issued an emergency closure at Trout Creek, Oregon’s premier destination for pure crack climbs, due to golden eagle nesting activity in the area. After discussions with Access Fund, Friends of Trout Creek, American Alpine Club, Mazamas, and Crag Law Center, the BLM agreed to change the emergency closure to a voluntary closure and use local climbers in a monitoring program. We are happy to report that climbers complied with the closure, and local climbers helped monitor nest sites.

However, we are sorry to report that the nest site failed—through no fault of climbers. Access Fund Regional Coordinator Eric Sorenson was asked by the BLM to rappel into the failed nest to collect information that the BLM used to gain a better understanding of golden eagle mortality. The voluntary closure has been lifted, and climbers are once again able to access Trout Creek. A huge thanks goes out to local climbers who showed restraint by respecting the closure and volunteering as monitors, which helped to facilitate a solid working relationship with local BLM officials. The Access Fund continues to work with the BLM while an environmental assessment is developed, to determine the best strategy for managing climbing access and future golden eagle nest sites.

For local updates, visit Friends of Trout Creek facebook page.

Date: 8/16/2012

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