Rock climbing

Rock climbers, outfitters and communities sought for input at upcoming workshop

Staff report
Posted 10/5/18

Coming up on Thursday (Oct. 11) is the second of a two-part workshop series, "Rock Climbing in the Carson National Forest." This workshop will focus on climbing within the West Zone (Tres Piedras, El …

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Rock climbers, outfitters and communities sought for input at upcoming workshop

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Coming up on Thursday (Oct. 11) is the second of a two-part workshop series, "Rock Climbing in the Carson National Forest." This workshop will focus on climbing within the West Zone (Tres Piedras, El Rito, and Canjilon Ranger Districts) of the Carson National Forest. The first workshop focused on the east side of the forest.

This workshop series is presented by the National Forest Foundation, a Forest Service partner and facilitator. The aim of the workshops is to build an understanding of regulations and land use ethics and opportunities related to rock climbing on the public lands of the Carson National Forest, and create a respectful dialogue among our community members of recreationists, outfitters and local residents. Success will result in strategies to find sustainable solutions related to rock climbing and access across the Carson National Forest.

As the number of rock climbers on the Carson National Forest increases, climbers, outfitters/guides, local residents, businesses and the Forest Service will be called upon to build mutual understanding of perspectives on rock climbing in existing and desired climbing areas.

Issues to be discussed in the workshop include: the importance of generating an understanding of Carson National Forest rock climbing, current allowances, points of access, stewardship ethics, the economic benefits from rock climbing and developing strategies to address priority issues and resolve possible conflicts.

The workshop will take place at the Mesa Vista Consolidated School campus in the auditorium in Ojo Caliente from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The campus is off State Road 111, approximately 1 mile northwest of the US 285 and State Road 111 junction.

Participants are asked to please RSVP with Ben Irey, National Forest Foundation via e-mail at birey@nationalforests.org or by phone at (406) 546-3329. Registrations are also taken at nff.wildapricot.org/event-2985051. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to show up the day of the workshop without prior registration as well.

As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation works with the agency to promote the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. The National Forest Foundation believes that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, and focuses on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of their public lands.

For more information, please contact Eric Garner at the Questa Ranger District office via phone at: (575)586-0520 or via email at: ericdgarner@fs.fed.us.

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