[CMCEmail] Action Alert: [Input call to action]

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Wed Jul 13 14:53:12 EDT 2011


The US Forest Service submitted a proposal to install a permanent toilet by the Birthday Boulders. The Access Fund, in accord with the local climbing community, believes that another location, the Borrow Pit, is better suited to handle the toilet. Your comments are needed to convince the Forest Service to alter the location.


Potential issues if the toilet is installed at the Birthday Boulders:

Odor Issues: The prevailing winds (west to east) will likely infuse the Buttermilks, especially the Birthday Boulders, with the stench of human feces. This problem would be particularly acute when temperatures are high.
Visual Issues: The Buttermilks’ beauty draws climbers, hikers, skiers, mountaineers, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts of all types. The Birthday Boulders sit high on a plain and any toilet constructed there would be visible from almost every perspective, thereby reducing the pristine nature of the area. The toilet would not be near the main Buttermilk Road thus requiring the addition of signage to maximize the toilet’s utility.
Access Issues: Currently, the area is almost exclusively used as climber parking. Even without the toilet, the area is too small to accommodate climber traffic during peak usage. Adding a toilet to the area would increase congestion and potentially lead to more resource damage. Further, during the winter snow can sometimes limit access to the area.
Camping Issues: As the proposal recognizes, “dispersed camping” is already an issue impacting the Buttermilks generally and the Birthday Boulder” specifically. Installing a toilet would encourage more camping in the area thus increasing the odor, visual and access issues

Your comments are needed to show the US Forest Service that there is a strong preference within the climbing community to revise the plan, and change the location of the first toilet to the Borrow Pit.

Comments needed by July 16

<http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=16267> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=16267> <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=16267> Sincerely,

Your friends at the Access Fund

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