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Land Donation Creates Natural Area at Quartz Mountain


by Editor

March 17, 2003

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Access Fund's Second Donation Since 2001 Protects Outstanding Bouldering Area

The Quartz Mountain Arts & Conference Center and Nature Park announced the newest addition of private land to its recently designated Baldy Point Natural Area in Southwest Oklahoma. The 60-acre property, known for high quality bouldering on excellent granite, was purchased by the Access Fund and donated to the State of Oklahoma for preservation and management.

The doubling in size of the Baldy Point Natural Area is the latest in a series of land transfers managed by the Access Fund. “Our goal is to put climbing resources such as Baldy Point into safe hands,” noted Shawn Tierney, Director of Acquisitions for the Access Fund. “We want to ensure that these pristine areas will never be commercially developed, and will always be accessible to climbers.”

The Baldy Point donation is one of several long-term projects being championed by the Access Fund. These acquisitions typically take years of planning and negations with landowners, the Park Service and local volunteers. “This is the final piece of a four-year effort,” noted Tierney. “It would not have been possible without the cooperation of all parties involved, and the dedication of the Access Fund Regional Coordinator, Marion Hutchison.”

Prior to the Access Fund’s involvement, the Baldy Point park was privately owned by Dr. Suzy J. Spradlin of Oakland, California, who inherited the land. In 1999 she began working with the Access Fund to save the pristine area. She sold the first 60-acre parcel of land—know as Baldy Point—to the Access Fund in 2001. The Access Fund in turn transferred the popular rock climbing area to the state of Oklahoma. The latest 60-acre donation significantly increases the quantity of climbing and adds an abundance of good bouldering in wooded areas.

“This is one of the most magnificent natural areas in Oklahoma,” said Steve Kemp, Chief Park Ranger. “We’re excited about protecting this valuable resource and providing the public with some very unique outdoor experiences.” Terry Mosley, Executive Director of the facility, added his thanks to the Access Fund and the original landowner. “We’re certainly very appreciative of the contributions made by the Access Fund and Dr. Spradlin to the future of this park,” he remarked. “Thanks to their generosity and vision, many new recreational and educational opportunities will be available for our guests.”

News courtesy of the Access Fund.

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