December 7, 2015. Boulder, CO – Access Fund, the national advocacy group that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment, and Jeep® brand are thrilled to announce the launch of a second Conservation Team in January, 2016.
The two brands joined forces in 2011 to launch the Access Fund-Jeep® Conservation Team—a team of two expert trail builders and stewards that travel the country in a rugged Jeep vehicle providing leadership and expertise to help volunteers care for the health and sustainability of climbing areas. This first-of-its-kind program mobilized climbing conservation, and for the last five years it has left a lasting legacy of stewardship in communities across the nation.
“The Conservation Team has been an undeniable success,” says Brady Robinson, Access Fund Executive Director. “It has become clear that the sheer need for this team’s skills has far surpassed our capacity to deliver with a single team. With a second team on the road, we can greatly improve recreational resources for local communities.”
The second Conservation Team will allow Access Fund to take on more complex, longer-term stewardship projects in areas of greatest need. As the sport of climbing continues to grow in popularity, many climbing areas are in desperate need of infrastructure and multi-year stewardship plans to mitigate the growing impacts of more climbers.
“We need to upgrade our climbing areas in ways that can sustain the increasing climber traffic,” says Access Fund Stewardship Director, Ty Tyler. Both Conservation Teams will focus on working with volunteers to steward climbing areas holistically, recognizing areas of concern and addressing them before issues become dire.
This expansion is made possible by the generous support of Jeep® brand, as well as land management agencies and local communities who have recognized the value of the program and are willing to help defray its costs. This program model represents a
collaborative partnership, leveraging public agencies, private industry, and non-profit efforts.
The Jeep brand is committed to supporting groups such as the Access Fund and other organizations that strive to educate the public and promote conservation. The Jeep brand also supports Tread Lightly!, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship.
The Conservation Team is made possible by the generous support of Title Sponsor, Jeep brand, and supporting sponsors REI, CLIF Bar, Mountain Hardwear, and Thermarest.
About Access Fund
The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents millions of climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Six core programs support the mission on national and local levels: climbing policy and advocacy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, risk management and landowner support, and education. For more information, visit www.accessfund.org.
About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. For more information, visit www.jeep.com.