The Conservation Alliance


Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition

Contact Name
Bill Strachan
Contact Email
Lexington, KY
Past Grants
2014 · $35,000
Grand Total

The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition was founded in November 1996 after climbing access issues arose in the Red River Gorge portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest. In February 2000 the RRGCC and the DBNF entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that provided a framework through which these access issues could be addressed.


Knowing that climbing access is always at the discretion of the owner, the RRGCC took the bold step in 2004 of directly purchasing 750 acres of land in Lee County, Kentucky and created the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve. After paying off the mortgage on this property in 2012, we bought an additional 310 acres of land in Lee County in 2013 and created the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve. In 2012 the RRGCC Board adopted Land Trust Standards and Practices in furtherance of our endeavor to provide, in perpetuity, protection and stewardship of the climbing areas that we own and manage.







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