[CMCEmail] Access Fund July E-News #105

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Mon Jul 20 19:56:53 EDT 2009


Access Fund Launches New Advocacy Tool
<http://www.accessfund.org/action> <http://www.accessfund.org/action> <http://www.accessfund.org/action> A new online grassroots advocacy tool makes it faster and easier for climbing activists to respond to action alerts. This new technology will empower the climbing community to have greater influence over public policy decisions, as well as support the Access Fund’s work in Washington, DC. You can now respond to action alerts by automatically sending pre-formatted letters drafted by the Access Fund or a customized letter to the correct decision makers. The technology uses the state where the issue is located and your zip code to be sure your appeals get into the right hands. Keep reading for three urgent action alerts that you might be able to influence.

More... <http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000943&ct=7187553>

Access Fund Formalizes Collaboration with National Park Service
<http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7146889> <http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7146889> <http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7146889> After six years of collaborative negotiations, the Access Fund has finalized and signed an agreement with the National Park Service (NPS). The newly signed agreement frames a cooperative relationship between the climbing community and the National Park Service. It can be used by the Access Fund’s 70 plus affiliated local climbing organizations to initiate relationships with managers of the national parks in their areas. The Access Fund also maintains similar agreements with the United States Forest Service (USFS)––which was just renewed––and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).


<http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7146889> More... <http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5009323&content_id=%7b0F709AB6-4138-4CC2-88BD-2A439AEFD7B2%7d&notoc=1>

Protect Access to Ralph Stover State Park, PA
<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12370> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12370> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12370> Pennsylvania budget cuts threaten to close state parks and state forests, including popular climbing areas such as Ralph Stover State Park. We need Pennsylvania residents to help us convince PA legislators that they should prioritize access to valuable state public lands. Pennsylvania residents, please take two minutes to visit our Action Center and write your PA representatives, urging them to support a budget that doesn’t deprive your state public lands and its users.

<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12370> Pennsylvania Residents - Take Action Now!

Climbing Areas in California State Parks Threatened
<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12481> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12481> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12481> Immediate action is needed to help save climbing in California’s state parks from drastic budget cuts that threaten closure. Threatened climbing areas include Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, Castle Rock, Castle Crags, Mt. San Juacinto, Stinson (Mickey's) Beach, Patrick's Point, Mt. St. Helena, Emerald Bay, Point Dune, Malibu Creek, Lake Perris, and Stonewall Creek. California residents, please take two minutes to visit our Action Center and write your CA representatives, urging them to support state park funding.


<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12481> California Residents - Take Action Now!

Madrone Wall County Funds at Stake
<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12556> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12556> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12556> Help encourage city officials to move forward with budgeted park improvements for Madrone Wall in Oregon. This publicly owned site offers over 100 established climbing routes in the Portland area, but it has been closed to public access for 12 years. The County allocated $70,000 toward improvements that would open the park, but are now considering reallocating that money because Oregon State Parks could not match the funds. But there are creative solutions to make up the difference!

<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=12556> Take Action Now!

Second Round Climbing Preservation Grants Awarded
<http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7189173> <http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7189173> <http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7189173> In the second round of the 2009 Climbing Preservation Grants program, the Access Fund awarded over $12,000 to support local climbing activism and conservation of the climbing environment. During this round, the Access Fund supported five proposals, representing an array of projects from grassroots start-up to trail work, climber education, and sanitation. Presented three times annually, the Climbing Preservation Grants program provides financial assistance for local climber activism and protection of the climbing environment in the United States.

<http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5000939&ct=7189173> More...

Big Rock Acquired for Conservation
<http://www.spokanemountaineers.org/content/whos_out_there/one_trip.php?id=32> <http://www.spokanemountaineers.org/content/whos_out_there/one_trip.php?id=32> <http://www.spokanemountaineers.org/content/whos_out_there/one_trip.php?id=32> Late last month the Spokane area conservation group Dishman Hills Natural Area Association (DHNAA) acquired the iconic Big Rock property located at the south end of the Dishman Hills. The deal involved an even swap of another 80-acres of DHNAA land on the north side of the ridge. Big Rock will be protected for the public as part of a larger, 750-acre natural area. The Spokane Mountaineers are working in collaboration with DHNAA to start road and parking area improvements necessary for climbers and the public to gain access to this area, which features granite rocks rising from the ridgeline.

<http://www.spokanemountaineers.org/content/whos_out_there/one_trip.php?id=32> More...

Update: New Access for North Area of McDowells
<http://www.amcaz.org/Access_Issues/Toms%20Thumb%20Rock%20Climbing%20Access%20Map.jpg> <http://www.amcaz.org/Access_Issues/Toms%20Thumb%20Rock%20Climbing%20Access%20Map.jpg> <http://www.amcaz.org/Access_Issues/Toms%20Thumb%20Rock%20Climbing%20Access%20Map.jpg> In May we reported on the recent success of the Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC) and local Arizona climbers in working with the City of Scottsdale to open the north area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to climbing. Part of the climbing management plan requires that climbers use official parking areas and designated trails, which the local climbing community is currently working to establish. The AMC is pleased to report that the new Tom’s Thumb trail is now open and can be accessed from a temporary parking area in the general vicinity of Morrell's Parking Lot, where the permanent parking will eventually be located.

For more information on the Tom’s Thumb Trail and designated access to the other historic climbing crags in the area, visit the <http://www.amcaz.org/Access_Issues/Toms%20Thumb%20Rock%20Climbing%20Access%20Map.jpg> Arizona Mountaineering Club's website.

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