SLACKLINE US

Knowledge | Access | Conservation

Concord, NC   |  https://slackline.us

Mission

Slackline U.S. aims to assist in access management for the slackline community, encourage conservation, and foster safe practices in all forms of slacklining through education and community development.

The primary focus of Slackline U.S. is to support the slackline community. We do this by assisting with access management, consolidating gear and rigging knowledge and providing rigging educational resources, coordinating efforts of local groups and providing organizational support, developing youth outreach programs, and connecting with the International Slackline Association.

Slackline U.S. is a national, member based organization founded in Montana and serving members across the United States.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Dr. Sonya Iverson

Treasurer

Dan Walsh

Main address

6 Middlebury Street

Concord, NC 03301 USA

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EIN

47-3546503

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (N05)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The primary focus of Slackline U.S. is to support the slackline community with a focus on knowledge, access, and conservation. Slacklining is a rapidly growing new sport activity and as such, educating the community on safe and environmentally friendly practices is critical.

Slacklining, especially a discipline, highlining, can look concerning and as such land managers have expressed concerns about allowing slacklining on public lands. Communicating with land managers regularly is necessary to maintain our access to public lands for these activities.

As slacklining grows, there is an increasing risk of low quality equipment being produced to supply a new market. Additionally, slacklining used to be taught in a mentorship fashion, but is now growing too rapidly for this education method to be sufficient. Online learning resources are needed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Slackline Information Production and Distribution

Slacklining is a fun, healthy, and creative sport that involves walking on 1 or 2" wide webbing, performing tricks, and/or walking lines at heights between canyons, buildings, or other structures.

Over the 40 year history of the sport, accidents and major injuries have been surprisingly rare considering the complicated rigging and high lateral forces that can be involved. Slackline US is developing safe rigging information, documenting known accidents, and publishing materials to help maintain this trend and protect slackliners worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We took over hosting an established highline gathering this year to minimize the environmental impact and improve safety. The event takes place in a natural desert ecosystem. Previous years, as the gathering has grown in popularity, human waste and parking accommodation have become significant environmental impacts.

This year, we worked with the Bureau of Land Management to acquire a permit for the event, rented porta potties to accommodate human waste, provided firewood to protect the local plant life, organized a professional rigging team to ensure safe highlines, and coordinated parking in two temporary lots near the site with a shuttle system.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to educate the slackline community on slackline safety, rigging, and conservation ethics. We also aim to educate and collaborate with land management and civil authorities to protect our access to public lands. In this area, we are also advocating for the slackline community in local and nationwide policy relating to public lands.

We do this by assisting with access management, consolidating gear and rigging knowledge and providing rigging educational resources, promoting Leave No Trace ethics, publishing conservation guidelines, organizing clean-ups and trail building projects, coordinating efforts of local groups and providing organizational support, developing outreach programs, hosting events, and parterning with the International Slackline Association.

We have a wide network of volunteers who dedicate a significant amount of time to our efforts. Among them, are many very knowledgeable slackliners who share their experience in rigging, safety, and conservation.

We have established relationships with the National Parks Service on the national level, as well as with specific parks like Joshua Tree and Yosemite National Parks. We are also working regularly with Smith Rock State Park, the Moab Bureau of Land Management Field Office, and other state and federal land managers.

We have helped to establish slackline friendly policies in the following locations:

Boulder, CO
Cleveland National Forest
Joshua Tree National Park
Moab BLM Land
Smith Rock State Park
Yosemite National Park

We have ongoing efforts to improve slackline access in the following locations:
Bend, OR
Red Rocks, Las Vegas BLM land
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
And more as they are reported to us


In 2017, we took over the management of an established highline festival which had a growing environmental impact and safety concerns due to the lack of organization. With over 1000 hours of volunteer labor, we hosted a festival with more than 250 people in attendance. We recruited a profession highline rigging team to rig and maintain 12 highlines during the 5 day festival and minimized the environmental impact by providing toilets, collecting trash, managing parking off site with a shuttle system to the location, and providing firewood.

Financials

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Operations

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SLACKLINE US

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sonya Iverson

Slackline U.S., International Slackline Association

Term: 2015 - 2017


Board co-chair

Ben Plotkin-Swing

Hayley Percy

Dan Walsh

Scott Rogers

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No