Exciting news! The Access Fund just announced that the year round closure at Summit Rock was found unnecessary! In November 2011, Planet Granite pledged to match up to $1000 of funds raised and held a Slideshow Fundraiser with guest speaker, Doug Robinson. The money would be used to bring out a peregrine falcon expert to determine whether the year round closures at Summit Rock were necessary. The event was a huge success, raising over $3000! Just this week, the Access Fund wrote in their March Beta Newsletter that Professor Clayton White, the peregrine expert, determined a seasonal closure would be sufficient to protect the birds. He is now working with the Access Fund to draft an official letter recommending modifications to the current closures at Summit Rock!
Planet Granite’s match of $1000 was made possible by our members through PG Gives Back – $1 per Member per Month. Each year, PG donates $1 on behalf of every member towards climbing, community and the environment – and our members get to choose where “their” dollar goes! Thanks to our members, we were able to help the Access Fund make ground towards saving a local crag!
Help us save another local crag, Castle Rock State Park, THIS WEDNESDAY at Planet Granite Sunnyvale! We are hosting an Auction Fundraiser with amazing product – everything from tents to jackets to wine! All proceeds will be go towards the Castle Rock Portola Foundation and aid in keeping Castle Rock open. Planet Granite has pledged to match up to $10,000 of funds raised on that day. See you there!
The article from the Access Fund‘s March Beta Newsletter
Last fall, the Santa Clara County Parks Department in California banned climbing at Summit Rock by imposing the only known year-round climbing closure for peregrine falcons in the nation. The climbing community responded en masse to our call for financial support, and with matching funds from Planet Granite, the Access Fund was able to bring Professor Clayton White, a nationally recognized peregrine falcon expert from Brigham Young University, to Summit Rock last month for a site visit and evaluation of the nesting environment. Professor White concluded that the year round climbing closure is unnecessary and that a seasonal closure would sufficiently protect the peregrines at Summit Rock. Professor Clayton is working with Access Fund Regional Coordinator, Paul Minault, to draft an official letter that recommends modifying the closures at Summit Rock.