THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FRIENDS OF MUIR VALLEY IS ELATED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE 2014 $200,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL HAS BEEN ACHIEVED! AS A RESULT, FOMV WILL BECOME THE NEW OWNER OF MUIR VALLEY.
Early in 2014, Muir Valley founders and owners, Rick and Liz Weber, issued a challenge: that if FOMV could demonstrate the commitment and ability to fund future operation and maintenance of Muir by raising $200,000 in 2014 they would make a permanent gift of Muir Valley to Friends of Muir Valley.
Over the past 11 years, the Webers spent more than $1 million of their own funds and years of work to purchase the land, develop it into the treasure it is today, and manage its operation. Their goal was to ensure that Muir Valley would continue to exist and to be available as a climbing resource beyond their lifetimes.
This $200,000 goal was to include all donations made directly to Muir Valley in 2014, as well as all donations and grants to Friends of Muir Valley. This challenge was met with an incredible response from YOU, the climbing community. In a short period of 9 months, the masses of climbers who frequent and cherish Muir Valley have, through their own generosity, blown way past the goal! A noteworthy aspect of this success is that the majority of the funds raised (more than 85%) were from hundreds of individual donors.
At the end of March 2015, the Webers will transfer the deed for Muir Valley to Friends of Muir Valley. From that point forward, FOMV will be responsible for owning, operating, and maintaining Muir Valley. We fully accept the fact that ownership comes with great responsibilities.
To you—the many thousands of climbers who have loved and wholeheartedly supported Muir Valley through the years, we cannot thank you enough. You have demonstrated how much this place means to you and have spoken, not just with words, but also with your donations of money and effort in making this dream come true.
ABOUT FRIENDS OF MUIR VALLEY (FOMV)
FOMV is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed for the purpose of supporting Muir Valley, a world-class climbing destination in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, and to help insure that it remains open to the public. Our commitments, as established in our bylaws, include the following:
Provide volunteer support for restoration, maintenance and development projects in Muir Valley.
Provide education about “leave no trace” (LNT) ethics, resource protection, climber safety, and stewardship philosophy.
Coordinate efforts concerning rock climbing at Muir Valley with the Access Fund, Muir Valley LLC (Landowners Rick and Liz Weber), and other organizations.
Foster, expand, and perpetuate the sports of rock climbing and hiking, as well as the study of nature, such as bird watching, photography, and identifying flora and fauna.
Reduce impact and rehabilitate high-use areas at Muir Valley.
Provide for construction and maintenance of infrastructure such as trails and facilities used by the public.