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  1. Thanks to all that showed up! Bill and Hugh, thank you! We got about 30 or so bags of trash out, and a few climbers cleaned some of the ledges for us. A couple of homless camps got cleaned up, and ODOT should be in this week to take care of the others.

     

    See you all again in the fall!

    Kellie


  2. Very funny, Michael!! I'm sure there are a few sharp objects out there from time to time, but after 5 clean ups I have yet to find any. Thankfully! Lots of broken glass and other garbage that does not need mentioning. I'll have lots of disposable latex-type gloves.


  3. The Smith Rock Group will be holding it's annual clean up project on Saturday May 6th. Last year over 170 volunteers showed up to help out.

     

    The fun gets started at 8:00 am with breakfast, parking passes, tools, project sign ups, and even some vendor booths ( Metolius and others) that will be demo-ing gear.

     

    Projects include retaining walls at the New Testment Slab, Bunny Face, and Prophet Walls. On the backside, hillside stabilization work will be done by Wherever I May Roam. Invasive weed pulling and other maintenance projects will occur, too.

     

    In the evening, there is dinner served for all volunteers at 6:00 pm, a prize raffle and oral auction of really cool gear, clothing, gift certificates, and other swag!!

    Last year, Ben Moon ( Bend resident) did an awesome slideshow of the day's events and some of his own work. We hope he'll be back!!

     

    All proceeds raised at the event benefit the Smith Rock Group, a 501 c3 non profit that puts all donations back into the park! You can donate year round, too, if you really love Smith!

     

    For more info on the clean up, contact iancaldwell@hotmail.com or go to the smithrocks.com website


  4. OK kids-

     

    Rocky Butte in NE Portland is in need of some work. Join the Access Fund and help pick up garbage, pull some ivy, and maybe clean some routes. Weather permitting, of course. Some climbing gear is available for route cleaners. Bring water, gloves, any tools you may have, and your climbing buddies!! All volunteers must be 16 years old due to ODOT Reg's.

     

    Raffle prizes and other swag!

     

    Saturday, April 29th

    10 am-1 pm

    Meet across from the City Bible College and Church approx 1 mile east of NE Fremont and 82nd

     

    E-mail me if you have any questions

     

    Kellie Rice

    Access Fund RC-Oregon


  5. Saturday May 6th 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

     

    On Saturday May 6th, join the Smith Rock Group for it's annual clean up. Last year over 170 volunteers showed up for this annual event and worked on erosion issues, trail improvements, and garbage pick up. New stairs were put in at the New Testament Area and Rope De Dope Block, as well as dozens of other improvements in the Scarface area, and the gullies.

     

    Meet in the parking area at 8:00am. A light breakfast will be served. Metolius and other vendors will have a gear demo. A dinner will be provided that evening, as well as a prize raffle and auction of clothing, gift certificates, and gear. Some really excellent stuff went for real cheap last year!! All proceeds benefit the Smith Rocks Climbers Group/Coalition, a 501 c3 non profit dedicated to maintaining and improving Smith Rock State Park.

     

    For more information, contact Ian at iancaldwell@hotmail.com

    Info on the projects for the day are at www.smithrocks.com


  6. OK Kids-

     

    Once again, Rocky Butte is in need of some major cleaning up. Ivy removal, garbage pickup, and even some route cleaning could stand to be done.

     

    Join us on Saturday April 29th from 10:00-1:00 rain or shine. Weather will dictate what work gets done. Skilled climbers can bring some of their gear to clean climbing routes. A rope, anchor equipment and extra harnesses, belay devices, and helmets will be on hand.

     

    Access Fund will send some goodies ( clif bars and nalgene bottles), and I'll even make some of my banana bread!

     

    Please bring any tools, gloves, and a wheelbarrow if you have one!

     

    I hope to see you out there.

     

    Kellie

    Access Fund RC- Oregon


  7. No lecture here. Like the others have mentioned, you can bolt in wilderness, just no power drilling. It's supposed to be done by hand. There is a link from the Access Fund's webpage about the support of fixed anchors in wilderness, and that consideration for the use and placement of fixed protection should be done on an area-by-area basis.

    http://www.accessfund.org/pdf/FA_letter_12-3-03.pdf

     

    From talking with different land managers, it is an issue that has not been ultimately resolved. It's not a matter of can vs can't, it's just how they get placed for now.


  8. Put one in the WIN column for the underdogs!!

     

    This is the news that we've all been hoping for!

     

    Thanks to everyone that has supported us!

     

    Belay On!

    Kellie Rice

    Access Fund- Oregon

     

    2 February 2006, Thursday

     

     

    Madrone Wall enthusiast:

     

    Below is a Madrone Wall Preservation Committee (MWPC) press release (also

    attached as a .pdf file) regarding the approval earlier this week by the

    Clackamas County Commissioners to place the Madrone Wall into the parks

    master planning process. An Oregon Public Broadcasting radio story that

    aired Tuesday provides additional information (see link:

    http://publicbroadcasting.net/opb/news/content/873141.html). Please feel

    free to forward this email to others who may be interested in County

    developments or post on your website.

     

    Note that on 8 April 2006 (Saturday), there will be a specially-arranged

    MWPC public tour of Madrone Wall site with Native Plant Society of Oregon

    - Portland Chapter to view spring wildflowers at the Madrone Wall site.

    Meet for a carpool at TriMet's Gateway/N.E. 99th Avenue Transit Center in

    Portland at 10:00 a.m.. We will be back by 1:30 p.m.. Bring your hiking

    boots for an adventurous, off-trail look what is to be preserved at this

    amazing civic treasure. Please RSVP to Keith K. Daellenbach if attending.

     

    Regards,

     

    Keith K. Daellenbach (kdaellenbach@att.net, 503/691-4102)

    Secretary/Treasurer, Director

    Madrone Wall Preservation Committee

    5815 N.E. 31st Avenue

    Portland, Oregon 97211

    www.savemadrone.org

     

     

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Madrone Wall Preservation Committee

    5815 N.E. 31st Avenue

    Portland, Oregon 97211

    www.savemadrone.org

    Contact: Keith K. Daellenbach

    Secretary/Treasurer, Director

    503/691-4102

    kdaellenbach@att.net

     

     

    Clackamas County Commissioners Approve Madrone Wall for Parks Master

    Planning Process

     

    Portland, Oregon -- 1 February 2006 -- Yesterday, the Clackamas County

    Board of Commissioners (BCC) unanimously accepted the Clackamas County

    Parks Advisory Board (PAB) recommendation that the Hardscrabble property

    (a.k.a. Madrone Wall) become part of an area for Clackamas River Watershe

    d Protection and that it should not be sold to a private interest or mined.

     

    The BCC unanimously supported implementation of the following specific

    recommendations for the property:

    - Retained in public ownership.

    - Included in the inventory of County lands for future master planning and

    consideration for development by the Parks Advisory Board and the staff.

    The master planning process will include, but not be limited to, a site

    analysis that identifies the amount of area for active and passive

    recreation uses, potential timber harvest, operations and maintenance

    needs, as well as budget considerations and responsible public ownership

    of the property.

    - Included as a priority for master planning as part of the future

    Clackamas County Parks Department Master Plan, and

    - Retained in its current status pending a master plan.

     

    With acceptance of the PAB recommendations, the PAB will include the

    Hardscrabble property in its planning and budgeting process, along with

    the existing inventory of properties. The planning process will include

    additional input from the public. Because of the massive public support

    the Madrone Wall site has received to protect it from being quarried or

    turned into a housing development and the community interest in making it

    a park by citizens, local community planning organizations, elected City

    of Damascus officials, Carver businesses, and over two dozen recreational

    and conservation organizations, the PAB may work to accelerate the parks

    master planning process to allow for creation of a park, available for

    public access and re-established recreation, as early as 2007.

     

    The Madrone Wall is a 44-acre site 2.2 miles east of Carver along County

    Scenic Highway 224. It has been owned by Clackamas County since 1937 and

    was for decades a site of public ecology education and open for

    recreational hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, picnicking, and bird

    and flower viewing prior to its clos ure in the fall of 1997 as an

    ill-conceived County quarry plan was pursued. This plan was later

    narrowly averted as quarrying was deemed uneconomical. This compact site

    contains an uncommon stand of Pacific madrone and the only geologic

    feature of its kind in the northern Willamette Valley, a natural cliff

    face of Boring basalt soaring over 100 feet. Views over the nearby

    Clackamas River are stunning. This public site has a diverse and intact

    ecosystem including over 100 plant species with a few remaining old-growth

    Douglas fir and native wildflowers. It is the source of drinking water

    for nearby citizens and a clear, cool tributary stream supports the

    endangered salmon habitat in the Clackamas River designated as a National

    Wild and Scenic River. Please continue to respect Clackamas County's c

    urrent "No Trespassing" posting at the Madrone Wall until the site is

    opened as a park.

     

    The Madrone Wall Preservation Committee is a tax exempt 501©(3) Oregon

    all-volunteer public charitable organization focused on preserving and

    re-establishing access to the Madrone Wall of Clackamas County and to act

    as a parks advocacy organization for a future park at the site of this

    amazing civic treasure. As developments occur and progress is made on the

    parks master planning process, please look for updates at our website

    (www.savemadrone.org).


  9. Put one in the WIN column for the underdogs!!

     

    This is the news that we've all been hoping for!

     

    Thanks to everyone that has supported us!

     

    Belay On!

    Kellie Rice

    Access Fund- Oregon

     

    2 February 2006, Thursday

     

     

    Madrone Wall enthusiast:

     

    Below is a Madrone Wall Preservation Committee (MWPC) press release regarding the approval earlier this week by the

    Clackamas County Commissioners to place the Madrone Wall into the parks master planning process. An Oregon Public Broadcasting radio story that aired Tuesday provides additional information (see link:

    http://publicbroadcasting.net/opb/news/content/873141.html). Please feel free to forward this email to others who may be interested in County developments or post on your website.

     

    Note that on 8 April 2006 (Saturday), there will be a specially-arranged MWPC public tour of Madrone Wall site with Native Plant Society of Oregon

    - Portland Chapter to view spring wildflowers at the Madrone Wall site. Meet for a carpool at TriMet's Gateway/N.E. 99th Avenue Transit Center in

    Portland at 10:00 a.m.. We will be back by 1:30 p.m.. Bring your hiking boots for an adventurous, off-trail look what is to be preserved at this amazing civic treasure. Please RSVP to Keith K. Daellenbach if attending.

     

    Regards,

     

    Keith K. Daellenbach (kdaellenbach@att.net, 503/691-4102)

    Secretary/Treasurer, Director

    Madrone Wall Preservation Committee

    5815 N.E. 31st Avenue

    Portland, Oregon 97211

    www.savemadrone.org

     

     

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Madrone Wall Preservation Committee

    5815 N.E. 31st Avenue

    Portland, Oregon 97211

    www.savemadrone.org

    Contact: Keith K. Daellenbach

    Secretary/Treasurer, Director

    503/691-4102

    kdaellenbach@att.net

     

     

    Clackamas County Commissioners Approve Madrone Wall for Parks Master

    Planning Process

     

    Portland, Oregon -- 1 February 2006 -- Yesterday, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners (BCC) unanimously accepted the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board (PAB) recommendation that the Hardscrabble property

    (a.k.a. Madrone Wall) become part of an area for Clackamas River Watershed Protection and that it should not be sold to a private interest or mined.

     

    The BCC unanimously supported implementation of the following specific recommendations for the property:

    - Retained in public ownership.

    - Included in the inventory of County lands for future master planning and consideration for development by the Parks Advisory Board and the staff.

    The master planning process will include, but not be limited to, a site analysis that identifies the amount of area for active and passive recreation uses, potential timber harvest, operations and maintenance

    needs, as well as budget considerations and responsible public ownership of the property.

    - Included as a priority for master planning as part of the future Clackamas County Parks Department Master Plan, and

    - Retained in its current status pending a master plan.

     

    With acceptance of the PAB recommendations, the PAB will include the Hardscrabble property in its planning and budgeting process, along with the existing inventory of properties. The planning process will include

    additional input from the public. Because of the massive public support the Madrone Wall site has received to protect it from being quarried or

    turned into a housing development and the community interest in making it a park by citizens, local community planning organizations, elected City of Damascus officials, Carver businesses, and over two dozen recreational and conservation organizations, the PAB may work to accelerate the parks master planning process to allow for creation of a park, available for public access and re-established recreation, as early as 2007.

     

    The Madrone Wall is a 44-acre site 2.2 miles east of Carver along County Scenic Highway 224. It has been owned by Clackamas County since 1937 and

    was for decades a site of public ecology education and open for recreational hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, picnicking, and bird and flower viewing prior to its clos ure in the fall of 1997 as an ill-conceived County quarry plan was pursued. This plan was later

    narrowly averted as quarrying was deemed uneconomical. This compact site contains an uncommon stand of Pacific madrone and the only geologic

    feature of its kind in the northern Willamette Valley, a natural cliff face of Boring basalt soaring over 100 feet. Views over the nearby Clackamas River are stunning. This public site has a diverse and intact

    ecosystem including over 100 plant species with a few remaining old-growth Douglas fir and native wildflowers. It is the source of drinking water

    for nearby citizens and a clear, cool tributary stream supports the endangered salmon habitat in the Clackamas River designated as a National

    Wild and Scenic River. Please continue to respect Clackamas County's current "No Trespassing" posting at the Madrone Wall until the site is opened as a park.

     

    The Madrone Wall Preservation Committee is a tax exempt 501©(3) Oregon all-volunteer public charitable organization focused on preserving and re-establishing access to the Madrone Wall of Clackamas County and to act

    as a parks advocacy organization for a future park at the site of this amazing civic treasure. As developments occur and progress is made on the parks master planning process, please look for updates at our website (www.savemadrone.org).


  10. On January 31 at 10:30 am, the Clackamas County Commissioners will be holding a study session with their Parks Advisory Board ( PAB) to discuss the future use of the Madrone Wall site. This meeting is open to the public, however it is a working session, and public input is generally not allowed.

     

    Remember that back in November, the PAB has made a formal recommendation to the Commissioners to preserve this site as a park space, and to keep it from being developed or quarried. This is good progress!

     

    The meeting will be held at the Clackamas Co Public Services Bldg

    Room 450- 4th floor conference room- 10:30 am

    2051 Kaen Rd in Oregon City

     

    Don't forget about the Wayne Wallace Slideshow Fundraiser on 1/26/06

    at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village at 7:00 pm- $5.00 at the door -

    Come and check out Wayne's Northern Pickets Traverse


  11. Calling all Portland Climbers!!

     

    Join us for a spectacular slideshow with Wayne Wallace as he shares his adventures traversing the Northern Picketts. He'll also have a few photos of some good ol' Oregon climbing that include the Madrone Wall!!

     

    This is a fundraiser for the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee and is sponsored by the Access Fund, Mazamas, and US Outdoor Store.

     

    Lucky Lab Public House in Multnomah Village

    7675 SW Capitol Hwy-Upstairs room

    Show Starts at 7:00 pm

    $5.00 at the door gets you a raffle ticket. Great Prizes from US Outdoor and the Access Fund!

    No host bar available upstairs. ( Sorry, no free beer!)

    *** No food service available during the event, so get there earlier to eat!!***

     

    Questions?

    Reply sender!

    Thanks!!

    Kellie Rice

    Access Fund- Oregon


  12. Cross your fingers, everyone!!

     

    On Tuesday 15 November, the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board ( PAB), which is a citizen-led group that advises the County's Parks Department, made a formal recommendation to not sell the Hardscrabble/Madrone Wall property out of public ownership and to include the site in the County's future parks master plan.  If accepted by the Commissioners, the PAB recommendation would effectively prevent the site from being quarried or developed into trophy homes and would provide permanent protective status as a park.  It is being recommended that the site would include passive and active recreational uses (hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, et al.) and potential continued timber harvest.

     

    This recommendation will be submitted to the County Commissioners within a month. It is expected that the Commissioners will review the recommendation in January of 2006 at a working study session.  While the PAB recommendation is non-binding, and the Commissioners will have the final say over the future use of this land, it is, nonetheless, an important step forward to re-establishing recreational access and providing permanent park protective status.

     

    Until such time as the site's usage would be detailed in a park master plan, the site will remain posted "No Trespassing" and closed to pubic activities.  We are encouraged by the outcome of the PAB information-gathering process this year and are hopeful that the Commissioners will follow suit by solidifying the preservation of this site that will eventually lead to re-established access.  In the meantime, we are encouraging folks to respect the County's wishes and not visit this site. 

     

    It is not too late to provide your input directly to the ultimate decision makers - the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.  If you have not done so already, please take a moment to write them a letter or email.  A sample letter endorsing preservation and re-established access can be found on the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee's website at [ http://www.savemadrone.org/ ]www.savemadrone.org.

     

    Feel free to pass this information along!

     

    Thanks!

    Kellie Rice

    Access Fund RC- Oregon

    President, Madrone Wall Preservation Committee

     

    Keith Daellenbach

    Secretary/|Treasurer, Madrone Wall Preservation Committee

     

    Chris Carey

    Vice President, Madrone Wall Preservation Committee


  13. For those of you that are curious.

     

    Clackamas County officials have held several "research" meetings with four focus groups; residents surrounding the Madrone site, government agencies ( State Parks, Metro), rock quarry businesses ( who cares), and lastly, the recreation/conservation group. Three of the four meetings were attended by the Madrone Wall Preservation Group, and the Access Fund. The residents surrounding the site, agencies, and recreationalists unanimously supported preservation and a good represenation at each of the 3 meetings requested immediate access. Including the many Clackamas County residents.

     

    Important issues that the County can no longer throw up as a road block? 1) Liability. Clackamas County Cousel Steven Lounsbury told Madrone Wall attorney that the recreational liability is not an issue citing the Wagonneer vs City of Woodburn Case. Even the Metro rep stated that liaility is not an issue to keep this site closed and that Clackamas County needs to understand State Statutes 2) No cost to the County. This property is already publicly owned. It would not cost them anything to make it a park or an open space with limited facilities. We've provided Rocky Butte, Carver, Horsetheif Butte, and Broughton's Bluffs as such models. 3) Funding for facilities/maintenance. The Access Fund and the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee have promised 1000 volunteer hours in the first year this site was made into a park. The Access Fund awards grants for such needs as bathroom installation, and trail signage to keep folks off surrounding private property. The Madrone Wall Preservation Comm. can also help with this at a much smaller level. All the more reason to support these two organizations.

     

    About 60 or so people showed up to the Sept 14th meeting. Not a great turn out, but not bad either. You all still have time to write your letters, and you can find that e-mail on this site. You can also go to the "Save Madrone" website.

     

    Commissioner Martha Schrader was quoted at the March 2005 Study Session that she "did not see this place being anything other than a park." The City of Damascus is behind the preservation of this site, as are so many other established groups; Sierra Club, Mazamas, Friends of Forest Park, Cooper Spur Wild and Free, and so many more. It was nice to hear the input from the residents near the site and so many Clackamas County residents and groups that want to have access to it. Not only for climbing, but hiking, educational opportunities, horseback riding, etc.

     

    The Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board will be making a recommendation based on all of the meetings, their research and the letters received before the winter holiday. A decision about this site will most likely be made in early 2006. Write Your Letters!!!!!!!!!!!


  14. Sunday Oct 9th

    at the Mazama Business Office

    909 NW 19th Ave between NW Kearney and Lovejoy in PDX

    Sponsored by Climb Max, Mad Rock, Mountain Soles, Mazamas

     

    This is a FREE event!! First 10 people at the door get a prize!

     

    9:00-10:00 Free Breakfast and Silent Auction of climbing gear and other merchandise.

    10:00-10:45- Slideshow by Adam Bacher www.earthwatersky.com

    10:45-11:15- Carpool departure to Madrone Wall Site

    11:15-12:15- Tour of Madrone Wall. We have permission from Clackamas County to be here. This tour is optional for participants.

    12:15-12:45- Carpool return to the Mazamas

     

    Supporters for this event include: Black Diamond, Trader Joes, New Seasons, Hot Lips Pizza, Omega Pacific, Petzl, Next Adventure, REI, Oregon Mountain Community, Everyday Music, Patagonia, Starbucks, Noah's Bagels, Climbing Magazine and Rock and Ice

     

    See you there!!!!

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