Title

Preserving Natural Resources and the Rock Climbing Experience at Frenchman Coulee Through Cooperative Management Planning

Presenter Information

Micah Wright

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Frenchman Coulee, part of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Quincy Lakes Wildlife Unit near Vantage, Washington is a popular recreation destination, particularly with rock climbers. The striking geology of the area, combined with the reliably dry climate and large variety of routes makes Frenchman’s Coulee one of the best climbing destinations in the state. The accretive effects of intensive use have led to noticeable increases in human waste, erosion, and other user impacts. This research works towards the creation of a Scoping Document to provide the WDFW with a litany of key resources in the area, as well as to identify principal resource threats while maintaining climbing access. Specific focus is placed on identifying critical indictors of resource vulnerability, along with the concurrent development of mechanisms to enhance collaboration and cooperation between climbers and the WDFW. The Scoping Document is being developed and refined with the goal of providing WDFW with the necessary background information to develop a supplemental Climbing Management Plan that can be integrated within its regional recreation planning efforts.

Poster Number

27

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Pease

Additional Mentoring Department

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Preserving Natural Resources and the Rock Climbing Experience at Frenchman Coulee Through Cooperative Management Planning

SURC Ballroom C/D

Frenchman Coulee, part of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Quincy Lakes Wildlife Unit near Vantage, Washington is a popular recreation destination, particularly with rock climbers. The striking geology of the area, combined with the reliably dry climate and large variety of routes makes Frenchman’s Coulee one of the best climbing destinations in the state. The accretive effects of intensive use have led to noticeable increases in human waste, erosion, and other user impacts. This research works towards the creation of a Scoping Document to provide the WDFW with a litany of key resources in the area, as well as to identify principal resource threats while maintaining climbing access. Specific focus is placed on identifying critical indictors of resource vulnerability, along with the concurrent development of mechanisms to enhance collaboration and cooperation between climbers and the WDFW. The Scoping Document is being developed and refined with the goal of providing WDFW with the necessary background information to develop a supplemental Climbing Management Plan that can be integrated within its regional recreation planning efforts.