BLM Seeks Comments on Fixed Anchors in RRC Wilderness


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BLM Red Rock

Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 5, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office is seeking public comments to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives for use of rock climbing fixed anchors in wilderness areas within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. A Notice of Intent published in today’s Federal Register, opens a 45-day public scoping and comment period for the resource management plan amendment with an associated environmental assessment. The comment period will close on November 18.

The dates and locations of scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media and the BLM website at

Preliminary issues identified by the BLM and other stakeholders include:
• Protecting public health and safety
• Increasing demand for more recreation opportunities
• Addressing the appropriateness of fixed anchors in wilderness
• Compliance with BLM Manual 6340, Management of Designated Wilderness Areas
• Proximity of wilderness to major urban interface
• Protection of cultural and sensitive species
• Protection of visual and scenic objectives

Key planning criteria identified includes a focus on whether fixed anchors should be considered for climbing in wilderness areas; developing broad-based participation and collaboration with all interested publics; and focusing on resource values rather than the combination of uses that would give the greatest economic return.

The plan would amend the 2005 Red Rock Canyon Resource Management Plan and would only affect management of the BLM portions of the La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain wilderness areas consisting of 48,340 acres. The policy for the U.S. Forest Service portions of these wilderness areas will be determined within the ongoing joint BLM/US Forest Service La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Plan.

Written comments may be submitted by mail or delivered to BLM, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130, Attn: Nick Walendziak, by e-mail to: or by fax to: 702-363-6779 (Attn: Nick Walendziak).

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

climber's near nevada...
Oct 5, 2012 - 06:41pm PT
i got my anchor fixed, but i was late and have 7 anchorlets to find good homes for...

i suppose i could make a coat...

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 14, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
I missed this when it first came out...
But I was alerted to the same info by the Access Fund. If you go to the Access Fund website, they have page of info on it, and a template that makes it easy to send your comments in.


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 14, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
This is indeed super important. My understanding is that the BLM is planning to use this plan as a template for most or all BLM lands in the future, so what is decided here may affect you even if you don't climb in Red Rock.

Fortunately Nick is a climber and a pretty good guy, he's more then happy to talk to people in person or on the phone if you have any questions.

Sport climber
Buffalo, NY
Oct 15, 2012 - 02:03pm PT
Here's a link to the Access Fund action section...they already have the email written, just fill in your info and send it off.

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Oct 29, 2012 - 02:22pm PT

Bumpity bump:

Travis (Vegas climber) has a very strong point !

More extensive dialog by some locals on site:

Greg Barnes

Nov 12, 2012 - 11:24pm PT
Bump - one week left to comment!

(deadline says the 18th on the BLM site and the 19th in the Federal Register)
Greg Barnes

Nov 15, 2012 - 01:20am PT
Bump! 4 days left!

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:13pm PT
Better link to the specific issue from BLM website:

Don't use the form letter from The Access Fund....
"Please note that petitions and form letters are only counted as one comment."

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:53pm PT

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:03pm PT
Just as a heads up, the 18th is a Sunday - I have heard that Friday is the last day to get your comments in and be sure that they will be counted.

For any of those that think they wouldn't be affected by this, please think again. All of the government agencies are looking at adopting this proposal to their own lands, so this can affect anyone.

At the meeting for local comment, apparently not one climber showed up. Who did show up, were some groups that don't want another bolt drilled in Red Rock for any reason.

That being the case, this online format is all we have left to use. Let's use it while we can!
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