Devils Tower Trip Report (#1601)
- Signed By: Frank Sanders
- Date submitted: November 01, 2002
PLEASE NOTICE THAT, OTHER THAN THIS AREA OF FALCON CLOSURE, DEVILS TOWER IS OPEN TO CLIMBING, EVERYDAY OF EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR. THERE ARE NO OTHER CLOSURES OR BANS, IN EFFECT AT DEVILS TOWER, THIS YEAR.....CLIMB HIGH, CLIMB HARD,CLIMB REVERENTLY, CLIMB CLEAN, CLIMB FREE, CLIMB EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JIM CHEATHAM 307-467-5283 ext. 12 02-02
Devils Tower National Monument Climbing Route Closure to Protect Potential Nesting Falcons.
To protect Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) nesting sites, the National
Park Service will temporarily close climbing routes along the west and
northeast face of Devils Tower beginning March 15th. This closure is an
annual event established under the national monument's Climbing Management
Plan. The areas to be closed include all pitches of climbing routes
between and including "No Holds for Bonzo" and "Accident Victim" on the
west face. On the northeast face, routes between and including "Belle
Fourche Buttress" and "Maid in the Shaid" will be closed. All pitches
terminating at the "Teacher's Lounge" will remain open. In addition, the
entire west and northeast edges of the Tower Summit will be off limits to
climbers. Climbers may ask at the visitor center to see a list of all
Prairie falcons are expected to nest on the west and northeast faces of the
Tower. Two young falcons fledged from nests on the Tower in 1996, 1998 and
1999. The presence of climbers near or above falcon nests is distressing
to parent birds. Too much disturbance from climbing activities may force
falcons to abandon eggs or chicks.
Professionals will survey the tower to determine the presence of nesting
prairie falcons. Areas without nesting falcons will be reopened by May
15th. Areas with falcon nests will remain closed until young falcons
fledge, generally between July 15 and August 1. The closure areas may
change based on the location of nesting pairs.
For further information
on the climbing closures please contact the monument's Chief of Resource
Management at (307) 467-5283 ext 12.