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Peregrine Monitoring at The New River Gorge


by Editor

October 31, 2002

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In October, Access Fund Policy Director Jason Keith traveled to the New River Gorge (NRG) in West Virginia to meet with the National Park Service (NPS) and discuss raptor issues. Over the last several months, the Access Fund has been negotiating with the NPS regarding their proposed closure of the Endless Wall to provide speculative habitat for migrant peregrine falcons. Because there has never been a peregrine nest sited at The New - and past attempts to introduce peregrines into the area have failed - the Access Fund urged the NPS to implement a monitoring program in lieu of a closure to determine whether peregrines are even present at The New. At the recent meeting, Keith teamed with AF board member Gene Kistler and met with several NPS staff members to identify cooperative ways the AF can help the Park implement its monitoring plan. Access Fund assistance may include helping with educational signage and spreading the word among the climbing community as to the goals and scope of the monitoring program. The NRG should have a draft of its upcoming climbing management plan ready for public review in the next few months. For more information, email

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