2nd Climbing in the Carson workshop set Oct. 11


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The second of a two-part workshop series on Rock Climbing on the Carson National Forest is scheduled 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 11)  in Ojo Caliente. The first workshop (held Aug. 27 in Questa) focused on the east side of the forest, the second will focus on the west side.

The second workshop will take place in the auditorium of the Mesa Vista Consolidated School Campus in Ojo Caliente, just off Hwy 111, approximately one-half mile northwest of the Hwy 285/111 junction.

Workshop topics include:

  • Increasing number of rock climbers and need to build mutual understanding of perspectives among climbers, outfitters/guides, local residents and businesses, and the Forest Service.
  • Existing and desired rock climbing areas on the west side of the Forest, points of access, and rock climbing allowances and restrictions.
  • Forest stewardship ethics of rock climbers, the businesses that serve them, and communities near the rock climbing areas.
  • Local economic benefits from rock climbing recreational use of the forest.
  • Collaborative strategies to address priority issues and resolve possible conflicts.

This workshop series is hosted by the National Forest Foundation, a Forest Service partner. 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. It will generate a respectful dialogue among our community members — recreationists, outfitters/guides and local residents. Success will result in strategies that enable us to find sustainable solutions to problems related to rock climbing and access across the Carson National Forest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the nonprofit National Forest Foundation, a Forest Service partner and the facilitator. The aim of the workshops is to “build an understanding of regulations and land use ethics 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,” according to a press release. “Success will result in strategies to find sustainable solutions related to rock climbing and access across the Carson National Forest.”

RSVP with Ben Irey, National Forest Foundation at birey@nationalforests.org; 406-546-3329; or register online at nff.wildapricot.org/event-2985051. Attendees are also welcome to show up the day of the workshop without prior registration.

For more information, contact Eric Garner at the Questa Ranger District, 575-586-0520 or ericdgarner@fs.fed.us.

About the National forest Foundation

As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the NFF works with the agency to promote the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF 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.