May 5th, 2009
Recently, the USFS ID Team made a field visit to Williamson rock.
FoWR discussed this with them and learned the following.
The USFS looked at the short trail(s), and concluded that those will not work.
They feel that there is too much risk from a safety standpoint if they develop that trail.
The USFS botanist identified another sensitive plant in that vicinity as well, so that option becomes even more problematic.
They also examined the long trail and although there are 2 stream crossings, they believe that this may be the most realistic solution for access.
They used a GPS to chart the existing trail, which they will be proposing to develop for access to the northeast side of the rock.
They also have interest from the biological community from people who want to help with falcon monitoring.
We will post news as it presents itself.