Through the combined efforts of the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and CRAG-VT, climbing at the 82 Crag in Bolton, Vermont became permanently protected in 2008. The VLT helped the ANR acquire an easement ensuring conservation and public recreation rights on the land where the cliff is located. CRAG-VT was able to work with the VLT and the ANR to make sure climbing access was included in these protections.
To assist with the logistics of the easement, CRAG-VT granted the ANR written permission to cross its adjacent Bolton Quarry property. This permission allows the ANR the access it needs to monitor their new protections on the landlocked parcel hosting the 82 Crag. Without obligation to CRAG-VT, the VLT and the ANR graciously agreed to work with the land owner to incorporate climbing as an expressly permitted recreational activity; the land owner agreed and the language was added to the easement.
These protections come at a critical time. With its close proximity to Burlington, this area of forestland has been especially at risk for development. The conservation of this land is part of the Chittenden County Uplands Conservation Project—a cooperative effort by many local groups and statewide organizations and agencies to conserve the ecological integrity, rural character, and working landscape of the northeastern uplands of Chittenden County.
“The Vermont Land Trust is working hard to protect large parcels of forestland—they are essential to our land-based economy and provide wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities,” said Bob Heiser, project manager for the Vermont Land Trust.
The 82 Crag is one of the best climbing areas in Vermont, hosting many classic climbs from 5.8 to 5.13 including many of the area’s best 5.12s on the “Steep Wall”. This project is a great example of how conservation groups like the ANR, the VLT and CRAG-VT can work in partnership to protect Vermont’s climbing and conserve undeveloped lands. CRAG-VT would like to extend its gratitude to ANR and the VLT for understanding the importance of local climbing resources and for the hard work it took to make this a project a success.
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