U.S. Forest Service seeks input on climbing on public lands
The U.S. Forest and National Park Services seek the public's input on proposed guidance on climbing activities on national forests, grasslands, and parks.
Currently, no national guidance exists regarding climbing practices, which includes activities such as rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and caving.
At issue is whether these activities are an appropriate use of public lands, the placement and use of permanent bolts, chains, and other climbing equipment, and how it should be managed to protect cultural and natural resources in accordance with the Wilderness Act.
The draft language reflects input received during tribal listening and consultation sessions for tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and Alaskan tribes and organizations.
Following the public comment period, the NPS and USFS will develop and publish final policy and guidance informed by public comments.
The comment period remains open through Jan. 16.