Advisory group considers Idaho rock-climbing site
JEROME, Idaho (AP) -- A federal advisory group says public access and recreational use should continue at a popular southern Idaho rock-climbing site, but steps should be taken to help minimize erosion.
Cedar Fields in Power County is an area considered sacred to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Earlier this year archeologists with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said the site was showing signs of erosion because of increased foot traffic and recreational use.
The Times-News reports an advisory group that studied the issue is recommending that the BLM enforce maintenance work once a year to mitigate erosion and take some other steps, but continue allowing public access.
Many tribal members have opposed continued recreational use at the site, which could lose its historical preservation status if the land is damaged.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com