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Third Annual Cornerstone Grant Recipients Awarded

Third Annual Cornerstone Grant Recipients Awarded

October 3, 2013 Golden, CO – The American Alpine Club (AAC) is proud to announce the recipients of the third annual Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grant. This year, $25,000 will go toward multiple local projects: human waste management systems, road and parking improvements, trail work, signage, camping improvements, and more.

About the Cornerstone Grant

In 2011, the Cornerstone Conservation Grant was grown out of a decade of American Alpine Club underwriting and volunteerism.

AAC Members expressed their desire for more locally distributed grants and conservation efforts in Member Surveys and the Cornerstone program was born. All Cornerstone Grant awards are applied for by and distributed to local climbers or local climbing organizations, in concert with local AAC Sections. The Club will award $25,000 every year through the Cornerstone Program.

The awards for 2013:

Salt Lake Climbers Alliance- Assessment of Informal Trails, Recreation Impacts at Boulders and Disperse Camping in Joe’s Valley

$6,800

This project will complete a baseline assessment of trail and recreation impacts, in conjunction with a GIS database, to inform multi-jurisdictional recreation management planning in the area. With increasing popularity, methods for long-term recreation management are needed to mitigate human waste, camping and general use impacts to the land and watershed.

Washington’s National Park Fund- Camp Muir Human Waste Management

$5,500

The National Park Service rehabilitation plan for the Camp Muir Historic District, in Mount Ranier National Park, has called for for the improvement of visitor and climber experiences as well as the environment. In order to protect sensitive downstream and alpine environments, new comfort stations will replace deteriorated and overloaded toilets. This will reduce both potential hazards to employees and park maintenance costs for the park. This grant will fund the installation of solar panels which will power water collectors and fans for the new comfort stations.

Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition- PMRP Infrastructure Improvements

$5,500

As roads and parking areas have become deteriorated by extensive use, this grant will help fund the repair of an existing access road, build two new parking lots and improve an existing parking lot.

Las Vegas Liaison Council- WAG bag Education and Awareness Project

$1,500

This grant will help improve education and signage about human waste issues in this area. As a part of a grant from the Access Fund for this project, the LVLC will submit a long-term WAG bag funding plan.

Flatirons Climbing Council- Crown Rock Trail Project, Flagstaff Mountain

$1,500

SInce this is a very popular place for bouldering, trails in the Crown Rock area have become very heavily used resulting in social trails, erosion and habitat damage. The funds for this grant will go towards assisting the large project of closing social trails, improving designated trails, restoring habitat and improving overall aesthetic quality. The FCC has organized trail projects since 2003.

Ouray Ice Park, Inc.- Non-permanent Toilet Installation

$4,200

As Ouray Ice Park becomes more popular and heavily visited, there is a significant need to minimize human waste impacts. This grant will help fund the installation of two non-permanent toilets and waste will be removed for proper treatment. The Access Fund has also awarded a grant of $2,600 for the project.

About The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org. Join the AAC’s online community at facebook.com/americanalpineclub

About the Access Fund

Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 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: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, and education. For more information, visit www.accessfund.org.