Forest Service Recommends Extending Closure of Williamson Rock

Since 2004, the Angeles National Forest has banned climbing at Williamson Rock due to conflicts with critical habitat of the endangered Mountain Yellow Legged Frog. A 2009 wildfire complicated matters further when portions of the forest, including the frog’s critical habitat, were burned. Angeles National Forest recently proposed extending the current closure at Williamson Rock for three more years to continue monitoring the endangered frog species. According to the Angeles National Forest, this action is needed “while neighboring [mountain yellow-legged frog] population segments are given time to rebound from the effects of wildfire and consequent watershed emergency.”

The Access Fund and our partners, Friends of Williamson Rock and Allied Climbers of San Diego, are working to assess whether the extended closure is warranted and to ensure that the US Forest Service study alternate approach trails to the popular crag that would allow climbing access and also protect sensitive wildlife habitat.

 Please take a moment to show your support by urging the US Forest Service to study alternate approach trails to Williamson Rock.

 Your comments, which must be submitted by October 1st, may be sent to:

Darrell Vance

Attn: Williamson Rock Environmental Assessment

701 N. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006

Email: dvance@fs.fed.us

 For more information, please visit Friends of Williamson Rock or email Jason Keith at Jason@accessfund.org.


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Anonymous @ 9/15/2010 9:14:08 AM 
Surely there must be a solution that allows rock climbers to access Williamson Rock that does not endanger the wildlife. I urge the forest service to explore/develop trail that will allow us to access a much loved crag and to enjoy the forest.
Thank You,
Joanne
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