Fighting Climbing Ban at Massacre Rock and Castle Rocks

As reported in August E-News, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Idaho is proposing a climbing ban on its property at Massacre Rocks and making its ban at Castle Rocks permanent due to fears that climbing could potentially have negative impacts on cultural resources at each location. The Access Fund is working with the Boise Climbers Association (BCA), the Eastern Idaho Climbers Coalition (EICC), members of Idaho’s Congressional Delegation, the local BLM, and other concerned stakeholders to find a reasonable compromise that allows climbing and protects valuable culture resources.

Recently, Jason Keith (AF Senior Policy Advisor) and R.D. Pascoe (AF Policy Director) travelled to Idaho for several meetings with the Working Group to find possible solutions. The AF, the BCA, and potentially the EICC are drafting a joint comment letter that provides site specific suggestions that accommodate climbing and protect sensitive cultural resources. Members of Idaho’s Congressional Delegation, Idaho State and County Officials, and local civic leaders are encouraging the BLM to consider an option that permits climbing. The AF is offering climbing management expertise, funding for research/monitoring, and volunteer stewardship support. Stay tuned for more to come.


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Anonymous @ 10/18/2011 9:27:01 AM 
What are the cultural resources potentially impacted by recreational use?
Anonymous @ 10/19/2011 7:14:43 AM 
i too would like to know the cultural resources at risk, esp massacre rocks.
hoping this can be worked out.
Anonymous @ 10/19/2011 7:34:41 PM 
A climbing ban "due to fears that climbing could potentially have negative impacts on cultural resources at each location"? Whose fears? What cultural resources? These types of bans are an outrage. The last time I checked, these resources are paid for using our tax dollars, and belong to ALL Americans, not just to some aggrieved special group.

The "cultural resources" appelation is quite vague and can be used by almost any group to justify preventing access to law-abiding climbers. As usual, big government is the problem. This must stop today.
Anonymous @ 10/20/2011 7:56:45 AM 
Didn't the access fund help buy Castle Rocks? Aren't 90% of visitors there climbers? I think there is a knife sticking out of our collective backs.
Anonymous @ 10/22/2011 2:11:11 PM 
It was my understanding that access to Castle Rocks was established and protected just within the last decade. What happened and what changed?
Anonymous @ 11/18/2011 3:25:01 PM 
Just be clear, I believe we are talking about a different Castle Rocks from Castle Rocks State Park near City of Rocks. Right?
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