Over the years, Fish and Wildlife has worked with climbers and others to manage Golden Eagle nesting activity in the area and, in part due to the trust we’ve built over time, they try to draw nesting closures rather narrowly to allow climbers to visit their favorite haunts during the vulnerable nesting period.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife manages some of the areas we visit. A 2017 update to their Oak Creek Management Plan provides:
Goal 11 is to
“Support and maintain appropriate recreation opportunities.” First, the plan identifies an objective to “Maintain access [to] Tieton River rock climbing” with three tasks: 1) coordinate with the WCC to implement a 2017 REI grant for trail maintenance; 2) meet with user groups to develop trail maintenance projects; and 3) perform trail maintenance as needed. Second, the plan identifies an objective to “Include climbing group representation on [Wildlife Area Advisory Committee] and partner on stewardship opportunities,” with one task: “Work with local users and Washington Climbers Coalition to identify potential members.”
Our work in this area has paid off in terms of enhancing the climbing experience, building relationships, and educating climbers and land managers about climbing management and access concerns.