Call for Volunteers! Access Fund Conservation Team coming to Pittsburgh 9/8-11

Call for Volunteers!

Access Fund’s Conservation Team is coming to Pittsburgh next week! Join in for multiple days of community, stewardship and climbing. Come lend a hand on Friday or Saturday for trail improvements and general crag cleanup in and around the Pittsburgh area. We need the help! Bring your gear for climbing afterwards, if you’d like! Thanks to Access Fund, ASCEND, Public Lands, and 3ROC for your support of SWPACC and help in making these events happen.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8
ACCESS FUND + SWPACC CELEBRATION

  • 5:00-9:30 PM
  • Join us and the Access Fund Conservation Team at ASCEND South Side for an engaging night of fun, fundraising, and friends!
  • Get exciting new details about Climb Pittsburgh, hear from Access Fund and other special guests, and help support SWPACC and its mission! 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
STEWARDSHIP DAY 1 – TWO OPTIONS TO BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG!

  • Schoolhouse, Ohiopyle – Access trail improvements
    • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Meet at 8:30 AM – Specific details will be shared via email)
    • Sign up here to volunteer so we can get a solid headcount.
  • Seldom Seen – Litter cleanup with Public Lands

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
STEWARDSHIP DAY 2 – TWO OPTIONS TO BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG!

  • Frank Curto – Litter cleanup and other maintenance
  • Schenley – Light trail work
    • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Everyone to meet at Frank Curto at 8:30 AM
    • Some volunteers will stay at Curto; others will head over to Schenley Park, a short drive away.
    • Sign up here to volunteer.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
CLIMBER COFFEE AT THE ARENA

  • Join SWPACC and Access Fund for a morning meet-up of fellow climbers. Sip some coffee, learn about how to leave no trace while climbing, then test your endurance on the wall in Oakwood Park!
    • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MONDAY, SEPT. 12RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 19 DUE TO WEATHER!!
EVENING MEET-UP AT THE ARENA

  • We love the Arena so much, we’re going there for a second day in a row! Keep up the good vibes from the weekend. Come hang out at Oakwood Park after work with our friends from 3ROC, and give the wall another go around.

 

 

 

State Game Lands Update

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This is a recording of the update from Ginette Walker Vinski (SWPACC Vice President), Joel Brady (SWPACC President), and Caleb Hills (Access + Stewardship Co-Chair) on May 4, 2022. We were joined by general members of the climbing community, as well as representatives across the state from other LCOs (Southcentral Pennsylvania Climbers – SCPC, Eastern PA Alliance of Climbers – EPAC) and Access Fund.

Summary:

  • SWPACC is in the information gathering stage to determine what actions can be taken to regain climbing access.
  • Please continue to abide by the closure and do not climb in the areas closed to climbing.
  • If you have further concerns, questions, suggestions, resources, expertise, etc., please contact us at info@swpacc.org

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Further public updates to this issue will be posted under #sgl on this blog.

IMPORTANT: PA Game Commission announces closure of State Game Lands 51 and 138 to climbing

On April 5, 2022, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the closure to all rock climbing activities on State Game Lands 51 and 138 in Fayette County. The official statement indicates the reason for the closure is habitat preservation of “several rare, threatened or endangered plant and wildlife species.” Last week, upon notification of the impending announcement, the Southwestern PA Climbers Coalition (SWPACC), together with other PA Local Climbing Organizations and Access Fund, submitted a letter to the Game Commission, stressing our commitment to the conservation of wildlife, consistent with Access Fund’s Climbers Pact and “Leave No Trace” ethic, and requesting that we work together to address habitat management concerns while exploring options for maintaining climbing access. Representatives from the Game Commission received and read our letter, and we remain in communication. The Commission has nevertheless moved to implement the closure of Game Lands 51 and 138. You can read the Game Commission’s official press release here:  https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=537

SWPACC and other PA Local Climbing Organizations, including Eastern PA Alliance of Climbers and Southcentral PA Climbers, with the support of Access Fund, remain committed to the vision of balancing rock climbing activities with habitat conservation on State Game Lands, and will continue to work toward that goal. We ask that, in the meantime, all climbers abide by the closure and do not climb on areas located in SGL 51 and 138, the most well-known of which are Coll’s Cove, Lost Crag, The Vault, Casparis, Rob’s Knob, Fish Rocks, and Zebley Flats. We also ask that, rather than contacting the PA Game Commission or other state agencies directly at this time to express your concerns, instead please contact SWPACC at info@swpacc.org  or your local climbing organization and help us in our focused efforts to reopen our beloved climbing areas. As we have updates, we will share them on the SWPACC website and via social media. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Map of State Game Land 51

Map of State Game Land 138