10/14/2008

Picture Rocks, IA

Date: 10/15/2008

By Evan Fales Access Fund Regional Coordinator and President, Iowa Climbers Coalition

The Jones County Conservation Board (JCCB) proposed the formation of a climbing management committee with oversight over Pictured Rocks. It will bring together climbers and land managers on an ongoing basis. The Iowa Climbers Coalition (ICC) elected representatives to the committee and then met with the JCCBs executive director, the Jones County ranger, and the local DNR official at an Adopt-a-Crag in September. The land managers are eager to work with ICC to make climbing a sustainable recreational activity at Pictured Rocks. ICC will be collecting data on all routes in the area and discussing replacement of old bolts. ICC has been trying for seven years to establish a climbing management process with land managers and is looking forward to constructive dialogue.