Eek---this is in need of considerable editing. Where is ryanclan when we need her? Below are my suggestions for making a more coherent (and typo-free) template. I offer them without implicitly suggesting that I agree with all of the content.
I am an individual climber who has climbed and enjoyed the Shawangunk Ridge as a conscientious recreationalist. I
would like to make following points concerning the revised Master Plan for Minnewaska State Park (henceforth referred to as the Park.)
1. A complete inventory of potentially climbable escarpments should be reviewed as part of the revised Master Plan. A default policy that makes
all areas open to access should be considered, and on a case by case basis reviewed to determine otherwise.
2. The Peters Kill area is a model
for successful cooperation between climbers and the Park. The Adopt-
Crag event held at Peters Kill for several years has been
a part of this cooperation.
3. Ice climbing, a separate sport from rock climbing, should also be considered for certain areas within the Park.
4. The GCC should be
be among the
Master Plan committees and should be
included in decision-
making to the greatest extent possible.
Rock climbing is
not only a recreational opportunity,
but also enhances economic growth
for the surrounding areas,
as well as providing
income for the Park itself. As for concerns about impact,
climbers have proven themselves to be
good stewards of the land. An example of this stewardship is provided by
the activities of the Gunks Climbers Coalition---see http://www.gunksclimbers.org
, where the GCCs Mission, Vision, and Values statements can be read
. The GCC has
sponsored numerous work days (left paren eliminated)
as part of the Adopt-
Crag Program of the National Advocacy group of
the Access Fund (www.accessfund.org). The GCC has worked on projects with
the Mohonk Preserve and at the Skytop area of the Mohonk Mountain house. The GCC also participates
in a highway cleanup program on a portion of Route 44/55. In aggregate,
the GCC programs represent a significant contribution to the community and to the land managers along the Shawangunk Ridge. The climbing community wishes for our voice to be heard accordingly when decisions are made regarding climbing access to areas along the Shawangunks.
In light of the very considerable further potential for climbing within the Park, the climbing community
would be pleased to work with Park management to the greatest extent possible.
I thank you very much for your consideration.