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Jan 5, 2007, 8:54 PM

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Just in the email box from Thomson Ling, The AF guy-

What: Access Workshop/Roundtable to discuss saving climbing access at Nelson Rocks Preserve
Where: REI, Bailey's Crossroads
When: 5-7pm on Saturday, January 27th
Why: Learn about the options for preserving climbing access at Nelson Rocks Preserve and climbing on other private lands in the area.

Hello everyone,
As you may be aware, Nelson Rocks Preserve has recently been put on the market for sale (see below for links to the listing). Nelson Rocks Preserve is a privately owned outdoor recreation area in West Virginia. The land features many climbing routes, via ferrata climbing, hiking, and camping.

In response to this sale announcement, many climbers have raised the question of "what can we do?" While many of us say "let's just buy it", there are many options out there to preserve climbing access in perpetuity ( e.g., buying the land, easement, getting NPS to buy the land, etc). With so many factors that going into acquiring and managing land (or simply preserving climbing), I have arranged an access workshop/roundtable where you can learn about:

-Different tools that can be used to preserve climbing areas in perpetuity
-The pros and cons of fee simple acquisition (i.e., buying the land)
-Conservation easements
-Liability of owning, managing, or holding an easement on land
-Fundraising and how other groups have done it
-Partnerships that have worked in the past for Access Fund and local climbing organizations.

This meeting will also provide a forum where climbers can get involved and organized about preserving climbing access to Nelson Rocks.

This meeting will take place from 5-7pm on Saturday, Jan 27th at the Bailey's Crossroads REI ( ).

If you would like to be involved in saving climbing at Nelson Rocks, please consider attending.

(This post was edited by roninthorne on Jan 5, 2007, 9:59 PM)

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