Birthplace of Rivers National Monument
The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument is a West Virginia-grown idea to preserve traditional access to hunting, fishing, camping, and trail use in the southern Monongahela National Forest. It protects the headwaters of six famed rivers: the Cranberry, Gauley, Greenbrier, Elk, Williams, and Cherry.
The area includes the 50,000-acre Cranberry Wilderness area and another 70,000 acres surrounding it. People from many different backgrounds and interests are working together to make sure the area can be enjoyed as it is today for generations to come and that the headwaters of our drinking water can be protected. Show your support!
Why create the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument
Of all the recreation areas in “The Mon,” the Birthplace of Rivers area is one of the most popular among West Virginia residents and families to camp, hike, hunt, and fish. National forests are managed for multiple uses, including industrial uses like natural gas development. But there are places within our forests that are not compatible with industrial development, which is why Congress created special ways to protect places within national forests—like national monuments.
National Monument status is a special designation which preserves places possessing unique scientific, scenic, geological, cultural or historic values. They may be designated by Congress or by presidential proclamation.
Birthplace of Rivers supports Mountain State values . . .
But the future is uncertain . . .