The Coconino National Forest has proposed several actions for their Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Project (Project Info). We need to submit comments advocating a pro-climber stance. Of the nine proposed actions the only one directly affecting climbing access is the informal roadside parking plan. They are looking to close some of the parking pull-offs alongside 89a in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and the bottom of the switchbacks (Pumphouse Wash). Many of these pull-offs are vital for climbing access.
The Forest Service is accepting public comments on this proposal now until JANUARY 22nd . It is important for climbers to submit comments advocating for leaving important pull-offs opne, not only to influence eventual decisions, but so we can continue to have a place at the negotiating table as this process moves forward. This is currently a preliminary proposal but we need to make our voices heard from the start!
Comments can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The NAZCC has identified several roadside pull-offs climbers use and that we do not want to be closed. Please include these in your comment (feel free to copy and paste this list):
- Pumphouse Wash 35.024332, -111.736122
- West Fork after hours 34.990631, -111.736539 to 34.989199, -111.738326
- Odyssey Wall 34.939112, -111.749051
- Sterling Pass 34.936591, -111.747069
- The Waterfall 34.927263, -111.734537
- Casner Canyon / Muscle Beach 34.892884, -111.733532 and 34.893787, -111.732854
- Anvils 34.874903, -111.755252 and 34.874521, -111.755478
Also, please include that you are a climber and that these pull-offs remaining open for parking is important for climbing access.
Thank you in advance for submitting a comment by the end of the day 1/22 and for being a part of what makes our climbing community so great!