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Access Fund Grants Program Awards Over $115K in 2002


 

by Editor

November 25, 2002

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Over $14K Awarded Recently to Support Climber Activism, Conservation and Education

With the announcement of its final Climbing Preservation Grants cycle for 2002, the Access Fund increases its total monetary contributions for the year to $115,880. Awarded three times annually, these grants provide assistance for projects that preserve or enhance climbing opportunities and conserve the climbing environment in the United States. Grants approved for this cycle totaled $14,100 and were distributed to support eight separate projects by local climber organizations, public agencies, and conservation groups. This cycle strongly supported local climbing organizations. 23 of 29 applications were approved this year.

"The Access Fund is committed to preserving the climbing experience for present and future generations," said Shawn Tierney, access and acquisitions director, “The growth of the grants program, along with the distribution of over $100,000 this year is due to the generosity of our members and corporate partners.”

The following grants were awarded this round:

$1,500 -- Asheboro Boulderfield Lease, NC
The Carolina Climbers Coalition received a grant to pay for the first year lease of the Asheboro boulder field. After nearly two years of negotiations, the Asheboro Boulders (Ridges Mountain) will be open to the public. Members of the Carolina Climbers Coalition will assist in managing the area.

$1,500 -- Parley's Canyon Acquisition Project, UT
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) received a grant to help pay for the acquisition of a key 14-acre parcel of land that provides access to the popular climbing site at Parley's Canyon. TPL seeks to permanently prevent the Parley’s Canyon trailhead and climbing site from conversion to private residential development. TPL will preserve access to this widely-used outdoor recreation resource by conveying it to the Salt Lake County Parks Department as protected parkland for the public benefit.

$2,100 -- Assessment of Data and Literature Used in Support of Raptor Closures
Dan Mydans received a grant to conduct a comprehensive review of scientific literature regarding human disturbance and guidelines used in managing cliff-nesting raptor closures. The resulting data will help land managers and climbing advocacy groups more accurately determine how disturbance affects these animals, and will aid in limiting future access problems related to arbitrary closures. This research is being supported with a matching grant from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

$1,500 -- Tucson Climbers Association, AZ
The newly formed Tuscon Climbers’ Association (TCA) -- a grassroots climbers’ advocacy group -- received a grant to represent climbers, work on southern Arizona access issues, network with other interest groups, and conserve climbing resources.

Quincy Quarries Restoration Project, MA
$2,000 was awarded to the Boston chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club to perform trail work and graffiti removal at the Quincy Quarries Reservation in Quincy, Massachusetts. This area has been the scene of local climbing since the 1920's, and was one of the first places in the U.S. where "crag climbing" was practiced. With the growth of climbing in the 1960's, the Quincy Quarries became one of the focal points of climbing in New England. Construction of trails will dramatically improve safety for all visitors.

$2,500 -- Use, Demographics, and Economic Impacts of Rock Climbing in the Obed, TN
The University of Tennessee received a grant to conduct several studies that support climbing management at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area. The popularity of the Obed for climbers has grown significantly in the past 6-8 years. A recently approved climbing management plan will protect the Obed’s recreational experience for climbers and other visitors, as well as its natural resources. The studies will include research on use, demographics, and economic impacts of rock climbing in the Obed. The National Park Service will also contribute to funding the studies.

$2,000 -- Climbers of Hueco Tanks, TX
The Climbers of Hueco Tanks (CHT), a newly formed grassroots climber advocacy group, received a grant to address the growing needs of climbers at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. CHT will play a vital role in the backcountry guides program, protecting natural and cultural resources, organizing stewardship projects, and educating Hueco’s numerous visitors.

$1,000 -- Minnesota Climbers Association, MN
The Minnesota Climbers Association, a grassroots climbers’ advocacy group received a grant to support its mission of organizing the local climbing community and providing a forum for communication between government officials and climbers. Climbers formed the group in 2001.

For more information, contact Shawn Tierney, access and acquisitions director, at 303-545-6772 (x105) or shawn@accessfund.org

News courtesy of the Access Fund.



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