Blue Ridge Parkway Prepares General Management Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a general management plan (GMP) for the Blue Ridge Parkway. This plan could affect high-quality bouldering and climbing areas such as Grandmother Boulders and Shiprock. The Carolina Climbers Coalition has been working with the NPS to maintain climbing access to these popular areas. For more background, see www.carolinaclimbers.org/Ship-Rock.html.

This GMP will provide a vision for the parkway's future and help guide decision-making for the next 20 years, including recreation policy that could affect climbing access. The Blue Ridge Parkway has developed three preliminary alternatives, and 15 of the parkways large recreation areas are addressed in these three alternatives.

Review the draft plan and submit comments http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?....

For more information, contact the Carolina Climbers Coalition: www.carolinaclimbers.org.