VIDEO: Utah Open Lands, Dirtbag Climbers and the Outdoor Industry Protect Access to Castleton Tower

In 2001, funding from The Conservation Alliance lead to the acquisition of 221 acres surrounding iconic Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, Utah—home to one of the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America”.
Dave Erley, former two-term mayor of Castle Valley, and Wendy Fisher, Executive Director of Utah Open Lands, explain the history of the Castleton Tower Preservation Initiative. Once threatened by development, the climbing community and Utah Open Lands worked together to secure permanent access to Caslteton Tower. Without these local heroes, public access to the 400-ft sandstone tower would have been lost forever.
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Over the last 30 years, The Conservation Alliance has helped protect more than 51 million acres of wild lands, 3,107 river miles, stopped or removed 34 dams, purchased 14 climbing areas and designated five marine reserves.
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