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Access and Conservation Officer 15/06/2009

Elfyn Jones has been appointed as the British Mountaineering Council's (BMC) Access and Conservation Officer for Wales. There were twenty-five applicants for the job with six being interviewed last week. It was agreed to establish this important new post in March (previous news) and it will supplement the BMC's two existing Access Officers. Elfyn will take up the post in September.

He has already had the chance to introduce himself and make some important contacts within the Welsh Assembly. As Chair of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team he accompanied Rhodri Morgan's party up Snowdon on Friday for the opening of Hafod Eryri.

Elfyn described it as the perfect opportunity to discuss important issues such as coastal access with Wales' First Minister and the Environment Minister, Jane Davidson. The conversation turned to risk and safety in the mountains as the group ascended the 'zig-zags' section of the path, an accident black spot in winter.

At Snowdon's summit, Elfyn said: "It's a fantastic job that will help put the British Mountaineering Council on the map in Wales. For the BMC to recognise the country in this manner is a necessary and an important step forwards."

Dave Turnbull, BMC Chief Executive Officer, also at the summit, commented on why Elfyn is the right person for the job: "He is a first language Welsh speaker, familiar with Welsh legislation, an experienced climber, and has plenty of experience of access and conservation issues through his work as a National Park warden and currently as the National Trust Property Manager for East Snowdonia."

Photo L-R: Elfyn Jones, Jane Davidson, Rhodri Morgan and Dave Turnbull at Snowdon's summit.

Topic: BMC Wales Access and Conservation Officer

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