This has nothing to do with paddling or even anything to do with water but it is a great success story that it needs to be shared.
Canada's largest retail cooperative, Mountain Equipment Co-Op announced yesterday (Feb 6) that they were able to officially secure the purchase of Skaha Bluffs in British Columbia's South Okanagan.
The local climbing community has worked for years to secure public access to the Bluffs. Mountain Equipment Co-op and The Land Conservancy (TLC) joined the effort in 2006. With financial support from the province of BC, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Climber's Access Society, and other partners, TLC closed the $5.2 million deal on January 16, 2008.
The landowner was interested in selling the 750 acres that the bluffs were part of. There was great concern that the area would be developed cutting off access for all.
More info: The Land Conservancy