Dear Access Fund Facebook Supporter,
Thank you for showing your support for the Access Fund by joining our cause. Looking back on 2008, it was a great year. Our grassroots network of local climbing organizations is stronger than ever, with over 70 groups working directly on local access and conservation issues. We had our biggest Adopt-a-Crag year ever, with over 6500 climbers contributing over 37,000 hours to help conserve the climbing areas they love. Our new Teamworks program got young people out of the gyms and organizing climbing related service projects. We awarded nearly $50,000 in climbing preservation grants. We had a number of local victories, from the west coast to the east, including recent opening of Bridal Veil Falls in Colorado, the Southeast Climber’s Coalition’s recent purchase of Yellow Bluff, and positive developments at the Madrone Wall in Oregon and Williamson Rock in California. Our policy efforts continued in Washington D.C., with progress on hard rock mining reform, roadless area protection, and formalizing climbing management plans on public land.
We have a lot more in store for 2009. In spite of the financial crisis, the Access Fund is in great shape – we’re stable financially and have an amazing staff working hard to make us even more effective at keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment. But we can’t do what we do without your help.
If you are not a current member, please consider joining or renewing today. 75% of our financial support comes from people just like you – climbers who care about the places they climb and support the mission of the Access Fund. Only around 2% or so of climbers in the United States are members of the Access Fund. Why? Most climbers say they support our work, but just don’t seem to get around to joining. Many say they feel like members even though they’re not. Joining our cause on Facebook is a good start.
Please consider becoming a member of the Access Fund at our basic $35 rate. Doing so will help us build and maintain the programs that keep you climbing. We’ll send you a member card and keep you updated with our monthly e-news and Vertical Times publication. If you join at the $50 level, we’ll even throw in a T-Shirt.
Not ready to take the plunge? Then think about signing up for our monthly e-news. An informed climbing public is absolutely critical to keeping climbing open on both public and private land. Just enter your email address on our home page www.accessfund.org and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news and action alerts, assuming you even check your old email address anymore now that you’re on Facebook!
Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions or comments. I hope you have a great 2009, filled with safe climbing adventures in beautiful places with good friends.