Access Fund Awards $25,757 in Climbing Preservation Grants to Support Climber Activism, Stewardship and Education
August 25, 2005, Boulder, CO. The Access Fund has awarded $25,757 in its second round of grant funding for 2005 bringing total for the year to $68,757 across 15 grants. Awarded three times annually, Climbing Preservation Grants provide financial assistance for local climber activism and protection of the climbing environment. The grants will be distributed for trail improvements, education and assistance for a newly formed local climber organization. “The Access Fund is committed to preserving the climbing experience for present and future generations,” said Shawn Tierney, Access and Acquisitions Director. “We’re proud to fund these important initiatives on behalf of our members and the entire climbing community.” The following grants were awarded:Wisconsin Outdoor Access, WIWisconsin Outdoor Access (WOA) received a grant to help with organizational expenses and outreach to climbers throughout the Midwest. WOA is a grassroots organization that will focus on statewide access and stewardship issues. Coopers Rock, WVThe Coopers Rock Regional Climbers Coalition (CRRCC) received a grant for start-up and organizational expenses, and to help with trail and impact mitigation efforts. CRRCC is a newly formed group that will focus on access and stewardship issues throughout the region. Mohonk Preserve, NYThe Mohonk Preserve received a grant for a multi-faceted outreach project designed to reach novice climbers in the Gunks, educate them about the fragile life on the cliffs, and instill in them a low-impact climbing ethic that will ensure the long-term survival of the Preserve ecosystem. Yosemite National Park, CAYosemite National Park received a grant to pay for the purchase and installation of bear box food storage lockers at the base of popular Yosemite Valley climbing areas. Climbers currently do not have convenient and effective locations to store food while on multi-day climbs, and in recent years the number of bear incidents in climbing areas around the Valley has increased.Williamson Rock, CAThe Friends of Williamson Rock received a grant to help with trail design and impact mitigation at this popular southern California climbing destination. Use of Williamson Rock has increased dramatically over the years resulting in erosion and natural resource concerns.About The Access Fund Since 1990, the Access Fund has been the only national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in ALL forms of climbing; rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: public policy, stewardship & conservation (including grants), grassroots activism, climber education, and land acquisition. For more information visit www.accessfund.org or www.boulderproject.org.
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