Success: Eagle Bluff Climbing Area Acquired

Eagle Bluff, ME Photo: RW Estela

The Access Fund announced the final acquisition of Eagle Bluff, a crag in central Maine with more than 130 cracks and sport climbs, bouldering and hiking. They worked with a local climbing coalition to raise the $100,000 necessary to acquire this popular recreation area. The Conservation Allinace grant awarded to the Access Fund in our Summer 2014 funding cycle brought this project across the finish line.
Climbers have been enjoying the granite cracks of Eagle Bluff since the late 1960’s. In the mid-1990’s, climbing access was threatened when the property was listed for sale.  A local climber, Donald Nelligan, purchased the property at that time. When he passed away in 2013, the fate of Eagle Bluff was unclear.  The Nelligan family closed public access due to liability concerns and immediately sought to sell the property. Together, Access Fund and Clifton Climbers Alliance raised the necessary funds to acquire Eagle Bluff.  CCA is prepared to assume stewardship responsibilities for Eagle Bluff to ensure this area is properly managed for future generations to enjoy.
Since our inception, The Conservation Alliance has helped acquire 10 climbing areas in North America.