|Farley Ledge, MA|
By Jeff Squire, Regional Coordinator and President Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition
The Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition is in the early stages of acquiring a 9-acre property abutting Farley Ledge, arguably the best piece of rock between Rumney and the Gunks. The purchase would be for the creation of a permanent parking lot, approach trail, protection of natural buffers, and to prevent potential development close to the cliffs.
Farley Ledge is largely owned by Northeast Utilities, but their site license contains a recreational stipulation requiring that they provide recreational opportunities. As a result, access issues have always been over the parking and approach trails.
Farley has already been closed four times due to growing crowds and abutting landowner concerns. The WMCCs goal is to put an end to this cycle permanently through the acquisition of this property. The goal is to raise $75,000 by spring when the current landowner would like to close.
We will need everyones support for this project. This is likely the best thing to happen for western Mass climbing. Visit our website to learn more or to donate www.westernmacc.com. It would be a shame to loose this opportunity and be faced with new homes less than 100 from the cliff! Date: 4/19/2007