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Chimney Rock has long been the major attraction drawing people to Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure every summer. However it was on private property for the last century. In July 2006 the owners (the Morse family) decided to list the Park for sale. less than a year later, NC Governor Mike Easley announced that the State of NC, with the help of several partners (The Nature Conservancy, the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and others), had purchased Chimney Rock Park for $24 million to be the centerpiece of a new state park under development in Hickory Nut Gorge.

Today, A draft master plan for Chimney Rock State Park will be presented online for public review. Public comments on the plan will be accepted through Dec. 13, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Comments will be considered for the final master plan expected to be completed in early 2011.

A state park’s master plan is essentially a blueprint for long-term development of facilities and recreation opportunities and a guide for protection of natural resources. Three initial design alternatives were publicly presented earlier this year by Greenways Inc., a Durham-based environmental planning and landscape architecture firm responsible for completing the master plan. The alternatives differed primarily in the extent of development proposed.

The final draft master plan can be viewed at www.greenways.com/chimneyrock starting today.Written comments may be submitted by using an online comment sheet or by mail.

This appears to be a win for outdoor recreation in general, but a bit of a disappointment for climbers. The existing climbing area on Rumbling Bald will be preserved – with improved parking and access; new mountain bike trails will be created; and overnight primitive camping areas for backpacking will be created. However there are several areas with 100+ years of climbing history representing hundreds of established routes that will not be opened up to the climbing community under this plan. This new park could have been a true climbing destination area, but instead the state is maintaining the status quo.

We are certainly proud to be a part of Ahnu footwear, especially when we hear news like this. For Spring ’11, Ahnu will donate $5 from the sale of every women’s Numentum™ performance shoes to the Breast Cancer Fund. The program will raise up to $100,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund, the leading organization working to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. When the new Spring ‘11 collection debuts at retail in January of 2011, every consumer purchasing Ahnu performance shoes will be joining the brand in its prevention mission.

Ahnu has already contributed more than $10,000 to the Breast Cancer Fund through the Plus 3 Network, a social network that connecting people with corporate sponsors and worthwhile causes on a lasting journey of personal fitness and charitable giving. Ahnu chose the Breast Cancer Fund as one of its causes last year, and expects to donate a total of $20,000 before the end of 2010.

In addition to the donation, a full-retail marketing program will support Ahnu’s prevention mission to include a gift-with-purchase Klean Kanteen, updated product packaging and Breast Cancer Fund informational booklets, in-store graphics and a national public relations and social media program.