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Corte Madera Advisory Update - April 7, 2011
When: April 7, 2011
The CNF has officially released an advisory for Corte Madera. Please see the linked PDF file for additional details. Please read the description of the advisory area and look at the image, as the topo depicts an inaccurate, much larger area.
 
Eagle Peak Advisory Update – March 29, 2011
Where: Eagle Peak
When: Through July 31, 2011
Prairie falcons are nesting (and on eggs) at the summit climbing area and increased peregrine falcon activity has been identified around the West end of the Main Wall. Please avoid these areas: the entire summit climbing area and the area on the Main Wall west of the "Direct Route" (#10 in the ACSD Climbing Guide) until July 31, 2011. The CNF will be posting the official word on their website soon.
 
Poway Crag Golden Eagle Closure
When: March 2, 2011
UPDATE: The closure has been lifted at Poway Crag. Thanks to everyone for continuing to respect the Miller Time crag and Ramona Wall closure. Eagles are actively nesting in the area and it is imperative that we all honor the seasonal (Dec-15 to Aug-31) closure that allows us to enjoy this crag outside of the nesting season. Check the link for closure details.
 
Spring 2011 Raptor Nesting Advisories
When: Approx. Dec through July, 2011
Please be aware that seasonal closures are in effect at some of our local climbing areas. Check the Cleveland National Forest website for updated information on closures before you head out to climb. The picture to the right is a peregrine falcon chick at Corte Madera, photographed by biologist Jeff Wells of the Cleveland National Forest during a raptor monitoring visit in June 2010. Thank you for respecting closures and helping to protect these amazing birds that we share the cliffs with!
 
Corte Madera Advisory Update
When: March 1, 2011
The CNF has not yet released an official nesting advisory for Corte Madera, but increased Peregrine Falcon activity has been identified in the Paul Bunyan Wall area. Check the CNF Advisory Page linked above for any updates, but in the mean time, we encourage you to respect the suggested advisory area shown here. Click on the thumbnail for a larger PDF image.
 
Poway Crags Re-Opened
When: September, 2010
ACSD regains acces to Poway Crags after a 7 year closure. ACSD works with the City of Poway to develop a reasonable seasonal closure and buffer zone for sensitive birds of prey.
 
December 2010
Access Update: Williamson Rock Closure
See ACSD letter to Angeles National Forest regarding EA calling for continued closure of Williamson Rock. more...
 
Poway Crags Re-Opened
Poway Crags San Diego climbing resource Poway Crags has been re-opened to climbing after a 7 year closure. This quiet crag offers quality rock climbing routes up to 200 feet in length not far from the urban center of San Diego, making this a major win for climbers in the area.

The work to regain access was championed by Allied Climbers of San Diego (ACSD). ACSD is an environmentally responsible membership-based climbers’ advocacy organization and an Access Fund Affiliate. Dedicated to promoting and maintaining access to climbing and outdoor recreation, ACSD is a California 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation which acts as a collective voice for balanced access rights of outdoor enthusiasts in and surrounding the San Diego region.

Poway Crags was originally closed due to a major wildfire in 2003. Signs were posted telling of habitat restoration. Climbers respected this and the area fell quiet. Years later, nature had healed itself and the rocks started calling once again. ACSD made contact with the City of Poway and received an unofficial go-ahead to climb. Because the goal of ACSD is to secure and maintain access, they pushed ahead to gain official documentation granting climbing access to the area. This process became complicated by a Golden Eagle nest located in one of the Poway Crags climbing areas. In the past this area had been avoided by climbers during the nesting season as an advisory was posted in the local guidebook.

A three year long process that tested ACSD’s perseverance resulted in an official letter from the City of Poway granting access to the climbing resource for the public. ACSD made regular calls, visits, and wrote letters to city personnel on this issue, and brought in third party experts to advocate for a more appropriate restriction. Keeping in line with its dedication to environmentally responsible recreation ACSD has worked with the City of Poway to develop appropriate buffer zones and a seasonal restriction at the location surrounding the nesting site.

ACSD’s good relationship with land managers of other local climbing resources was part of the key to enabling success at Poway Crags. ACSD still has work ahead to keep the public informed about responsible recreation in an area with important nesting resources. The real success will be in providing one more example of how responsible climbing is a compatible use in an open space habitat conservation area that is also home to an important species, such as the Golden Eagle.
 
Seasonal raptor nesting Closures
Please be aware that seasonal closures may be in effect at some of our local climbing areas. Please check the Cleveland National Forest website for updated information on closures before you head out to climb. The picture to the right is a peregrine falcon chick at Corte Madera, photographed by biologist Jeff Wells of the Cleveland National Forest during a raptor monitoring visit in June 2010. Thank you for respecting closures and helping to protect these amazing birds that we share the cliffs with!
falcon chick
 
El Cajon Mtn Fundraising Campaign
When:Donate by January 30, 2010
Information:

Help ACSD to secure land surrounding one of San Diego's most popular climbing destinations! The San Diego River Park Foundation is in the process of purchasing some of the private land holdings near the summit of El Cajon Mountain and south of El Capitan Reservoir. These areas will be designated as Open Space, and conserved for public use. We need your help to reach $1,000 or more to help play a part in this great opportunity, and permanently set aside almost 200 acres of land. This Fundraising Campaign will help raise the required matching funds to activate a $1.1 million dollar grant for land acquisitions.

Although the face of El Cajon Mtn (where we climb) lies on National Forest land, it is critical that ACSD joins forces with other organizations and user groups to protect the surrounding areas, which consist of numerous multi-use trails, and environmental resources. When ACSD reaches the $1,000 goal, we will be recognized on a plaque, which will be located on the property we helped conserve for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. And most importantly, we will help make a difference by acquiring more public land in this beautiful area of San Diego. This is an incredible opportunity. Any contribution will help us in reaching this goal. If you've ever climbed at El Cajon Mountain, then this is your chance to help give back. Thanks!

Donate on Pay Pal (include reason for donation) or send a check to Allied Climbers of San Diego by January 30, 2010.

For more information about the San Diego River Park Foundation go to: http://www.sandiegoriver.org/

Action Alert: Help reopen Williamson Rock!
When:No later than October 26, 2009
Information:
Williamson Rock has been under a special Forest Service Closure Order to protect the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. The Forest Service is now moving forward with an EA to study the re-opening of this area to rock climbing and hiking activities while protecting the habitat for the frog.
 
Please take the time to write a letter in support of the Forest Service doing an EA to evaluate a project proposal to re-open Williamson Rock to climbing.
 
See the October 2009 Newsletter for more information, including how to take action!
 
To take action NOW click on:
Access Fund Action Center
November 17th , 2008
Re: Help Re-Open Williamson Rock
Thank you to everyone who sent off letters during this last Action Alert. ACSD is now working more closely with Friends of Williamson Rock (FoWR) and the Access Fund to help move this issue forward to a conclusion – three years of Forest Service in-action is unacceptable! We will continue to provide updates and request action from our members as necessary – your involvement will help make the difference – Stay tuned . . .

October 7th , 2008
Action Alert: Help Re-Open Williamson Rock
The Angeles National Forest continues to enforce a "temporary" climbing closure at Williamson Rock near Los Angeles three years after the ban was first implemented. The climbing ban was intended to protect critical habitat of the mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF) while the Forest Service studied options for an alternate access trail. Unfortunately, while climbers have complied with the access prohibition, the USFS has failed to even obtain funding to pay for an environmental analysis.

Your letters to Congress are needed (Deadline: November 15, 2008) to increase pressure on the Angeles National Forest to fund an environmental analysis that may open up climbing access at Williamson Rock while also protecting the MYLF. Click "More Info" below to find out more and see a sample letter.

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September 18, 2008
Access Update: Climbing within Mission Trails Regional Park
ACSD attended the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Task Force meeting on September 17, 2008 to voice our concerns over recent changes to the Mission Trails Regional Park Master Development Plan. Click on the "More Info" link below to find out what happened at the meeting! <More Info>
September 1 , 2008
Action Alert: Save Recreational Access to Mission Trails Regional Park
Send a clear message to the Citizens Advisory Commitee by printing your name & city of residence and signing this petition telling them you oppose closures and limits affecting your ability to recreate in Mission Trails Regional Park UNLESS a documented and verifiable science-based reason is openly presented to the public illustrating a clear need to restrict responsible recreation activities—tell them that you feel objectivity and science should be the foundation of all management decisions affecting YOUR COMMUNITY PARK.  Thank you!
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Please Mail Petitions to:
ACSD-MTRP Committee
4878 Monroe Ave.
San Diego, CA 92115
July 17, 2008
Access Update: Climbing Restricted within Mission Trails Regional Park
The Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force met recently to vote on updates to the MTRP Master Plan. The current updates would limit rock climbing to only the main cliff throughout the entire park.
 
ACSD opposes the restriction and gathered at the Task Force Meeting to express our concern. Thanks to all those who attended! Click the "More Info" link below for a summary of the Task Force meeting.
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July 07, 2008
Action Alert: Help The Future of Climbing in Mission Trails Regional Park
The Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force is meeting to vote on recent updates to the MTRP Master Plan. The current updates would limit rock climbing to only the main cliff throughout the entire park. ACSD opposes the restriction and will be gathering at the Task Force Meeting to express our concern.  Help us by showing your support.  Please join us at the City Administration Building (12th Floor) on Wednesday July 16th at 12:15 pm.
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March 31, 2008
Action Alert: Protect Climbing Around Idaho's Highest Peaks
Idaho’s highest peak, Mount Borah (Borah Peak) crowns the rugged and isolated Lost River Range. This massive limestone mountain sports folded limestone cliffs, dramatic spires, and grand views, all of which contribute to a legendary backcountry-climbing destination that is among the most popular summit climbs in Idaho. Aside from a destination for climbers, the area is also home to antelope and elk, bighorn sheep, and cougar.
March 28, 2008
Access Update: The Cleveland National Forest Re-Opens!
Wild flowers are blooming on the Cleveland National Forest and the forest is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Witch, Poomacha and Harris Fire areas following their closures in response to October's wildfires.
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Feb 20, 2008
Access Update: Climbing Restricted within Mission Trails Regional Park
The Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is in the process of updating the Mission Trails Regional Park Master Development Plan.  Proposed updates to the Master Plan include language that would restrict rock climbing to the one main climbing area within the park (Main Mission Gorge Area off the climbers loop trail).
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Jan 30, 2008
Access Update: Cleveland National Forest Designated Motorized Vehicle Routes
The CNF is in the process of analyzing the National Forest Road and Trail System through the National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Route Designation Plan.  They are moving forward with an Environmental Assessment (EA) to look into impacts associated with the route designation process.  Some of the actions to be reviewed include recreational restrictions on un designated NFS roads, designation of miles of existing unauthorized roads, and the addition of a new OHV area.  The primary purpose of the route designation process is to provide for resource protection by ensuring that vehicles are operated only on designated routes.
Dec 20, 2007
San Diego County Fire Update
Since the massive fires ravaged the county, many areas of the CNF have been closed. These areas include several popular climbing crags. To find out what's closed and what's not, check out our "San Diego County Fire Updates" page. GREAT NEWS! The CNF has announced that it has opened areas south of Interstate 8.
> CNF News Release
Aug 1, 2007
Cleveland National Forest Raptor Nesting Closure
ACSD continues to stand firmly with the Access Fund in their statement regarding the proposed CNF Raptor Nesting Closures (PDF). What's next, you're probably wondering? Study up about these proposed closures and read about the next phase of the process here.
June 6, 2007
"Feast of Friends" at Williamson
Williamson Rock Access Trail Scoping Comment Period Ends Great News! The Angeles National Forest has drafted a plan to construct a trail that will reopen access to Williamson Rock while preventing damage to the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog habitat in the stream bed. Thanks to all of you who wrote letters to the Forest Service during the public comment period. The Forest Service reportedly received a HUGE response from climbers. The next stage will involve either an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Review of the proposed project. For more information, please go to the Friends of Williamson Rock website. We'll also update you here as things develop.
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