2009: Upper West

In May 2009 CRAG-VT completed the subdivision and purchase of Upper West Bolton cliff. Over the course of two years, CRAG-VT board members and volunteers worked hard to establish permanent protections for this beautiful and historic place. The acquisition protected a total of 18 acres and includes the rock faces, hilltop summit, hiking trails, and a boulder field.

CRAG-VT had originally envisioned moving this property into public hands through a boundary adjustment that would place the cliff and surrounding land into an adjacent town-owned conservation area. However, this idea was declined by the Bolton select board. With transfer to the town of Bolton no longer an option, CRAG-VT renegotiated with the land owners and was able to secure a subdivision and purchase agreement. This property became the third held by CRAG-VT in our mission to protect Vermont’s climbing resources and natural environment.

Because CRAG-VT has always kept our properties open to non-motorized recreational pursuits of all kinds, we worked with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) to donate a conservation easement that permanently guarantees public access, climbing, and preservation of the cliff’s natural environment. This easement ensures that the VLT will defend these rights on the land forever. We have received additional funding from the Bolton Conservation Commission to help secure this easement.

We could not have accomplished this without hard work, donations, and funding from many sources. Those who contributed are far too many to thank here, but a number deserve special recognition. CRAG-VT would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to: The Conservation Alliance, The Access Fund, and the Bolton Conservation Commission for their generous grants and guidance; to our corporate sponsors including The Outdoor Gear Exchange, ClimbHigh, EMS, and Petra Cliffs for their support in this project and many others over the years; to the landowners, Mike Ringuette and Ken and Nancy Remsen, for recognizing the importance of conserving this land forever; to the many great companies who donated prizes for our events including Julbo, Point 6, La Sportiva, Evolv, Kombi, and many others; and finally to Pam Moreau for her expert legal advice.

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