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California Climbers Buy Rock Wall To Preserve As Land Trust

(AP) - A group of California rock climbers have purchased a wall at Donner Summit to preserve it as a land trust.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the Truckee-area climbers raised $300,000 to convert nearly 12 acres of private land into the Truckee Donner Land Trust. It protects the 400-foot craggy Black Wall.

The land west of Truckee has been privately owned since the 1800s. But Truckee Donner Land Trust executive director Perry Norris says climbers worried about losing access to the Black Wall and other rocks after the owner began expressing concerns about liability.

Norris said the group spent just more than half its money to purchase the land. The rest goes toward managing the property, and much of it will pay for the installation of trails and trailheads.