The OAC and the MNR will be working together to collaborate on a joint project towards the assessment of the area known as the Swamp. The assessment will consist of the following goals:
a) An assessment of natural heritage resources of the cliff and climbing staging areas. The goal is to have this assessment conducted by academic professionals. Input from local climbers on specific climber use patterns and from Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies program on recreation value will be provided by the OAC.
b) Development of a plan for the ongoing management of climbing activities at the Swamp including maintenance, trails, signage and to help ensure a leave-no-trace approach is had.
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c) Creation of a research paper to help share the findings and success of the project and collaborative management practices.
The OAC and MNR look forward to working on the project to ensure the ongoing use of the area for rock climbing meets the natural heritage protection goals of the MNR while providing excellent opportunities for safe rock climbing.
Funds raised from the upcoming Beaver Valley Climbing Festival will be used to sponsor this project.