Access Fund Affiliate Gunks Climbers Coalition Presented with Land Stewardship Award

Date: 11/19/2008

On October 11, the Mohonk Preserve presented the Thom Scheuer Land Stewardship Award to the Gunks Climbers Coalition (GCC), an Access Fund Affilitate organization based in Gardiner, NY that is dedicated to ensuring sustainable opportunities for responsible climbing along the Shawangunk Ridge and in surrounding areas. The award was presented at the 10th Annual New Paltz Climbing Film Festival, held at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Were happy to recognize GCC, which has been a critical partner in protecting and managing land in the Shawangunks, a world-renowned climbing destination, said Hank Alicandri, the Preserves Head Ranger and Director of Stewardship.

GCCs many activities include opening access to new climbing areas, improving climber trails, preventing soil erosion and compaction in heavily used areas, sponsoring events, and raising funds for rescue equipment.

Its a great honor for GCC to be recognized for its achievements as a liaison for the climbing community, said Chris Moratz, Board Chairman of GCC, who accepted the award along with Secretary General Janette Pazer. Our work has been possible because of the support of the local climbing community, the Access Fund, Rock and Snow of New Paltz and local rock climbing guide services, and of course our dedicated Board members.

The Preserves Stewardship award is named for Thom Scheuer, one of the Preserves first Rangers and the first Director of Stewardship, who worked tirelessly at the Preserve for more than 27 years until his sudden death in 1999. Prior award recipients include Dr. Richard McNally (2007), Rich Gottlieb (2006), Dr. Heinz Meng (2005), the Gardiner Fire and Rescue Department (2004), the Access Fund (2003), John Stannard (2002), Dick Williams (2001), Dr. Ed Reppert (2000), and Joe Bridges (1999). For more information see www.gunksclimbers.org/