Other Access Issues

Proposed White-Haired Goldenrod Delisting Ceremony Attended by RRGCC

Friday, January 8th, 2016

On August 31, 2015, RRGCC Executive Director, Bill Strachan, attended a ceremony at the Gladie Visitor Center where the proposed delisting of the white-haired goldenrod as an endangered species was announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This unique flowering plant is found only in rock shelters and under overhanging ledges in Red River Gorge. When listed in 1988, impacts from recreational activities such as rock climbing, hiking, camping, and rappelling; the looting of archaeological sites; and the proposed construction of a flood control dam downstream of the Gorge were seen as threats to the survival of the white-haired goldenrod. To protect the species the Forest Service fenced off rock shelters where the plant was found. The RRGCC, under the direction of its founder and first Executive Director, Shannon Stuart-Smith, helped to place signage at the fenced off areas and at kiosks installed at Miguel’s Pizza and at the Martins Fork trailhead to educate climbers and others about what the plant looks like and the importance of staying out of the fenced areas. Maintenance of kiosk signage and the inclusion of educational information about plant in the Red River Gorge climbing guidebooks continued to be promoted by the RRGCCunder Strachan’s direction.

The efforts of the U.S. Forest Service, the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, and the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources along with the RRGCC involvement in helping to protect the white-haired goldenrod and allow for the successful recovery of the species were recognized during the ceremony. At the event the RRGCC Executive Director had the opportunity to meet and speak with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region, Regional Forester, Tony Tooke; the new Daniel Boone National Forest, Forest Supervisor, Bill Lorenz; and the new Cumberland District Ranger, Jonathon Kazmierski. Following the ceremony Strachan and others in attendance hiked to view a rock shelter where fencing had been placed to protect both biological and cultural resources. The white-haired goldenrod will be the first Kentucky species and the 31st nationwide to be removed from the endangered species list since the passage of the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973.



Spring Trail Day at Roadside Crag

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Upcoming Event:

Mike Driskell has graciously offered to head a Spring Trail Day @ Roadside Crag
Saturday, June 13th, 2009
8:00 am till ???
Meet at the Roadside Lot at 8:00 am (please try to carpool as much as possible).
Dress for outdoor work (with optional afternoon and evening climbing apparel).
Tools needed are shovels, picks, pry bars, spades, rakes, loppers, pruners, and trash bags.

Projects include:

1. Relocate start of main trail closer to the parking lot.
2. Install a sign to display the rules for this area.
3. Install more water bars on trail from parking lot up to the base of Roadside Attraction.
4. Build steps where needed.
5. Redo the cribbing at the base of the slab routes.
6. Remove litter.
7. As many other tasks as we can get done!

Zillertal, 2008 RocTrip host, needs your help

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Zillertal needs your help

Zillertal needs your help

After another successful Petzl RocTrip in Tyrolean area or Austria known as Zillertal, the climbing jewel is now to be quarried, forever destroying another amazing climbing destination.

We can help, though. Locals in the area are asking for help in expressing the international concern about the future of the area. There is an online petition at http://www.stonemonkeys.com/protest.html. Please take a minute to fill the petition out. A second of your time will go a long way and it would speak strongly to have a huge international group as well as the locals speaking up to prevent this. We’re all in this together (remember, the international community was there for the RRGCC in 2007) so lend a hand when you have a minute.

Below is some basic information from the web site. Take a minute to check out some of the great RocTrip 2008 pictures and visit the Petzl Team website.

From stonemonkeys.com:

Unfortunately it’s happened! Numerous companies intend to quarry at the Ginzling Taufenkopf and the Zillergrundwald. Although they have not yet received permission to do so, they will probably receive it shortly. Since the local tourist agency and everyone else has not achieved much so far, we now want to show the companies that climbers are against quarrying in the Zillertal Nature Preserve. Unfortunately it often happens that locals get the short end of the deal, but who knows, with your help things might change! We now need your help! We really need your support, please sign the online form to protest against the quarrying and to preserve these crags in the Zillertal!