|By Xavier Wasiak
From Las Vegas, NV
Feb 8, 2013
Hope everyone is enjoying their winter! Below are some of the action items currently being worked on.
We received a fresh shipment of Restop2 bags after Christmas and just placed an order of 300 more bags. A giant Thank You should go out to Adam Floyd, Andrew Yasso and all our local guides who have been helping to restock the boxes. Some of the boxes still need to be cleaned out of trash and restocked, so we appreciate everyone’s patience as our volunteers work to get this done. Also, we’re working on an annual budget for the Restop2, or comparable, bags and ways of securing funding for this worthwhile ongoing project. Education is key, so help spread the word!
The current climbing management plan is still on course to be completed by January 2014. Thanks to Nick Walendziak, our local climbing ranger, I've listed most of the major steps for the plan below. We’ll have another opportunity to comment on the plan later this year.
Internal Scoping with BLM Specialists (Initial Scoping)
Draft Briefing Paper for NV State office and Washington Office
Publish Notice of Intent in Federal Registrar
External Public Scoping (Initial Scoping)
Draft scoping report to include in EA appendix
Draft of EA Chapters: Purpose and Need
Wilderness Minimum Requirements Analysis
Discuss Plan with Regional Solicitors
Draft EA Chapters: Alternatives Development/Proposed Action and Environmental Effects
Internal Scoping with BLM Specialists (Affected Environment Chapter)
National Historic Preservation Act/Tribal Consultation
Endangered Species Act Review
Draft Final EA
Draft Decision Record and Finding No Significant Impact (FONSI) if necessary
External Public Scoping of Final EA (late 2013)
Publish Record of Decision in Federal Registrar (January 2014)
Of course, the above represents the current efforts to date and they may change. We’ll do our best to stay on top of it and pass on information as we get it. Thanks again to Nick for his support.
We’re also putting effort towards future projects which currently include additional signage or information boards at Kraft and Black Velvet Parking Lots and the eradication of excess social trails. Of course we’ll continue to work on the identification of replacement bolting projects.
Finally, we’ve scheduled a general meeting for February 20th. We’re still working on the location of the meeting and we’ll post more on that soon. The purpose of the meeting is to reassess the role of the Las Vegas Climber’s Liaison Council, set a preliminary agenda for 2013 and invite participation on the board of directors. Here’s your opportunity to help shape what the LVCLC is all about! To that end, we’re planning on taking nominations for five positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a general director. Other positions may be added as needed. Our new Board should be comprised of climbers who are willing and able to meet once a month in a casual setting for no more than an hour or so. These meetings will be focused on action items and the organization of upcoming and active projects, and will be separate from the public general meetings that all climbers are encouraged to attend. An election will be held by email and you must be a member if you’d like to participate in the election. We encourage all climbers to attend and help define what the LVCLC is all about. You can join at:
The link will allow you to join both the Access Fund AND the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council for the good of climbers and climbing access in the Las Vegas area. By combining membership, you can receive benefits from both organizations for the cost of one! Check it out! ALL funds received by the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council go towards local climbing related projects and issues that impact OUR climbing community.
Las Vegas Climber’s Liaison Council