Friends of Muir Valley is organized for the purpose of supporting Muir Valley, a world-class climbing destination in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, and to help insure that it remains open to the public. Our commitments, as established in our bylaws, include the following:
● Provide volunteer support for restoration, maintenance and development projects.
● Educate and inform the climbing community on issues such as "leave no trace" (LNT) ethics, resource protection, climber safety, and stewardship philosophy.
● Coordinate efforts concerning rock climbing at Muir Valley with the Access Fund, Muir Valley LLC (Landowners Rick and Liz Weber), and other organizations.
● Foster, expand, and perpetuate the sports of hiking and rock climbing, and the study of nature, such as bird watching, EarthCaching, practicing nature photography, and identifying flora and fauna.
● Reduce impact and rehabilitate high-use areas at Muir Valley.
● Provide for construction and maintenance of infrastructure, such as trails and facilities used by the public.
The Webers' generosity and hard work, and the continuing efforts of volunteers, have made Muir Valley a place we can all enjoy. Large amounts of labor and dollars are needed for the ongoing maintenance of roads, bridges, toilets, parking lots and other amenities. Mowing, erosion control, rescue operations, and many other amenities are only possible with ongoing funding and volunteers' time. Your contribution will help to ensure that Muir Valley remains accessible now and in the future.
Friends of Muir Valley is a nonpartisan group that any climber or visitor to Muir Valley can be a part of. We currently do not have formal membership. Participation in FOMV consists of volunteering time, expertise, money and other resources to the tasks at hand. For more information on how to get involved, please contact a member of the Board of Directors.
The Bleed Red challenge was a success. Although the target of 50 blood donors was not met, 15 people gave blood, and $300 was donated to FOMV! Thank you to JR for initiating this challenge and for donating $60 of his birthday money, thank you to Yasmeen for donating $50, and thank you to Liz for donating $190! And thanks to those of you who gave blood. If you didn't donate, this challenge is a good reminder of the ongoing need for blood donors, so keep on giving!
THANK YOU to all who came out for the 2013 Trail Day/Adopt a Crag! Check back soon for pictures!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with Muir Valley Video Project. Click here for more info.
ACCESS FUND GRANT RECEIVED TO REPAIR ERODED ROAD
Erosion has been encroaching on the valley's main road since a flash flood that occurred in July. The Access Fund has made another generous grant to Friends of Muir Valley to repair this eroded area. The Access Fund and American Alpine Club work hard for climbers, climbing, and conservation, and are powered by the support the climbing community gives back.
The three vault toilets are open for business! Thanks to generous grant support from the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club, major contributions from the Webers, and LOTS of volunteer labor, toilets are now available in the North, Center, and South parts of the valley. The vault toilets provide a convenience and help prevent pollution in the valley. These toilets will involve ongoing costs to operate (stocking supplies and pumping them out) and ongoing volunteer work to maintain. Please make a green donation to FOMV in support of these facilities!
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