The genesis for the Old Rag Mountain Stewards was the proposed Rock Outcrop Management Plan drafted in 2008. Some of the more extreme recommendations were to restrict the public from access to some of the more popular rocky high points in Shenandoah, like Old Rag Mountain, Hawksbill, Little Stony Man and others.
In response, the ORMS was formed to serve as "stewards" interacting with the public about the resources that need protection and why.
In this, we have been highly successful, interacting with tens of thousands of visitors annually for the past five years.
Well, now it seems that regardless of the work of so many volunteers and the overwhelming positive response of the public, a few people in the National Park Service feel that it will be much more expedient to simply restrict access for both hikers and climbers to these popular destinations.
The goal is for the park to put these restrictions in place before February 2013.Comments are needed at your earliest opportunity and before 10 January 2013
What can you do???
open up the ROMP
Read it... decide if you like the proposed restrictions to your favorite rock outcrop... and then comment..
This is time urgent.
If you consider these mountains to be our shared resources, then you need to get involved and let your voice be heard.