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Climbing Conflicts: USFS Intervenes As Popular Canyon Becomes Loved to Death

Climbing Conflicts: USFS Intervenes As Popular Canyon Becomes Loved to Death

In the two years since, the Bighorn’s Powder River Ranger District has been drafting a climbing management plan for Tensleep Canyon. “What was happening in Tensleep Canyon was not sustainable.”The plan has the potential to ripple beyond the walls of the canyon, climbing advocates say. But with more people than ever visiting public lands like Tensleep Canyon, that task only grows more complicated. “Even though 30% of America’s climbing is located on Forest Service land — about 10,000 discrete climbing areas,” he said. Currently, there are only three climbing management plans for Forest Service crags, Murdock said, though others are in the works.

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