Here's just a small sampling of the projects we've worked on over the years.

Environmental Assessment

New River Gorge, West Virginia

Working with the National Park Service with support by local and regional advocacy groups, we conducted the largest cliff-side inventory and environmental assessment to date. Our research and recommendations are being used for long-term environmental monitoring and the development of recreational management plan. Find our research in the Journal of Applied Vegetation Science.




In cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the rock climbing advocacy group the Western Mass Climber's Coalition, the CEEC provides guidance for land management strategies as the groups seek an understanding for recreational use and environmental stewardship at statewide cliff sites.



Rumney, NH

Using methods of dendrochronology (tree-ring science), CEEC has worked with the US Forest Service and the North American Dendroecology Fieldweek to study the longevity and climate response of old aged red pines (Pinus resinosa) atop cliffs in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Our research identified cliff-dependent old growth populations and extended the known precipitation record by over three centuries.




CEEC conducts the Cliff Ecology Speaker Series, a grassroots presentation for environmental groups, rock climbers and recreationists, and academic groups where we discuss cliffs and associated ecology, issues facing the landforms, and lessons that guide what we all can do to help preserve these unique environments. Bring a lecture to a venue near you: contact us here.


High angle work


The CEEC is contracted by the Friends of the Keystone Arches and the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee to preserve the integrity of the historic keystone railroad arches. Our work involves rappelling the bridges to perform regular maintenance and to remove vegetation,