Today, Representatives John Curtis (UT-03) and Joe Neguse (CO-02) introduced the Protect America’s Rock Climbing (PARC) Act. This legislation will ensure responsible access to rock climbing in designated wilderness, an activity dating back to its creation in the Wilderness Act of 1964. This is particularly relevant in the West where over 99% of federally managed lands are located.
“In Utah, recreation on public lands is a large and ever-growing industry,” said Rep. Curtis “Ensuring access to these lands to vital not just for our economy, but also to ensure the millions of Americans who enjoy rock climbing can fully explore our nation’s national treasures.”
“Colorado’s natural areas are home to some world-renowned rock climbing locations. By requiring additional agency guidance on climbing management, we are taking steps to protect our climbers and the spaces in which they recreate,” says Congressman Neguse. “I am thankful to Rep. Curtis for his continued partnership in our efforts to bolster outdoor recreation, and am glad to join him in introducing this legislation.”
“Access Fund’s core mission is to protect America’s climbing, and we’re thrilled to help craft and support a new bill that would do just that: the Protect America’s Rock Climbing Act,” said Access Fund Executive Director Chris Winter. “Thanks to the incredible leadership of Representatives Curtis and Neguse, we have an opportunity to protect Wilderness climbing and America’s exceptional climbing history.”
This legislation would:
- Reiterate Congress’ intent for climbing to be an activity allowable and compatible with wilderness designations.
- Require public notice and comment before taking any significant action related to climbing access.
- Ensure emergency authority for agencies to take time sensitive actions to protect natural resources or public health and safety.