Access Fund urges climbers to join the fight for climbing areas; sustainable access
BOULDER, Colo. – Recognizing the role that climbers play in conservation, Black Diamond is stepping up to match up to $80,000 in donations to Access Fund, the national non-profit advocacy organization that protects America’s climbing. Gifts made at accessfund.org/protect will be matched beginning today and through December 19.
“Access Fund’s stewardship and advocacy work is an essential part of protecting and maintaining access to the wealth of climbing resources that we as climbers enjoy in America,” says Black Diamond Equipment Partnership & Event Manager Jess Powell. “Black Diamond is a proud supporter of this work, and we will happily match the funds donated by our climbing community toward this effort. We are confident that if we work together, we can help sustain our climbing resources, and access to them, for future generations.”
Every day, cash-ready developers are gobbling up more open spaces. Public lands are under constant threat from industry and damaging extraction. More people are out on the land creating greater impacts. And climate change threatens to push everything over the edge. The landscapes climbers love are caught in the crossfire.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Black Diamond to invite more climbers into the fight to protect and conserve climbing areas and ensure sustainable and equitable access for generations to come,” says Access Fund Executive Director Chris Winter. “Stepping up to big challenges is what climbers do, and what we must do if we’re going to protect the outdoor climbing experience and the lands we love.”
Over more than three decades, Access Fund developed the tools and techniques to win this fight, and is proud to hold the line for America’s climbing areas. Gifts made during this campaign will help Access Fund scale its efforts to protect climbing and the lands climbers love. These include:
- Buying threatened climbing areas to protect them from development.
- Passing new laws that protect sustainable and equitable climbing access.
- Working with lawmakers to protect public lands and advance climate action.
- Putting Conservation Teams in the field to restore more climbing areas.
- Rallying America’s 8 million climbers to join the fight.
Over the next two weeks, climbers to donate to support Access Fund’s work will have their gift matched by Black Diamond, sending twice the funds to tackle big environmental challenges.
Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that leads and inspires the climbing community toward sustainable access and conservation of the climbing environment. Access Fund represents more than 8 million climbers nationwide in its work to protect and conserve the land, fight for sustainable access, and build a community of inspired advocates. Access Fund staff has more than 100 years of public policy and advocacy experience and has permanently protected nearly 4 million acres of public land across the country and established climbers as a powerful voice in the fight to protect public lands. For more information, visit accessfund.org.
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