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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - February 2016

posted Feb 25, 2016, 7:46 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Feb 25, 2016, 7:47 AM ]
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Trevor Meadows

Trevor Meadows is a Boy Scout and senior patrol leader from Troop 68 in Cross Lanes, WV. Last November, Trevor backpacked in Cranberry Wilderness — his first-ever backpacking trip. The Scouts trekked 15 miles as part of the backpacking merit badge. Now Trevor is planning a return to the Birthplace of Rivers area this spring. He’ll lead other scouts along a 5-night loop of the North-South and Cranberry River trails as they fish for trout dinners, clear trails, and finally complete their backpacking merit badge.

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: Annie Balthazar

Iraqi War Veteran Annie Balthazar recently solo-paddled the entire Mississippi River — 2,200 miles from its source to the sea. Now she’s created the nonprofit Paddle For Peace to bring the solace of paddling to other veterans, especially those who suffer from war trauma. Beginning this spring, river expeditions will be offered several times a year in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. She is a big-time supporter of Birthplace of Rivers. “Rivers can heal the wounds of war. I just think being in nature and being outdoors, isolated a little from the chaos of life, the experiences you can have in a place like Birthplace of Rivers, really helps.”

Businesses for the Monument
WV Rivers' Matt Kearns with Frank Gonzales, owner of Mi Cocina de Amor in Charleston.

The support of nearly 200 business shows just how much the monument could mean for our economy and way of life. A big shoutout to these West Virginia businesses who recently said YES! to supporting Birthplace of Rivers: Mi Cocina de Amor and Bluegrass Kitchen of Charleston and WV Organics in Fayetteville.

Write to President Obama Today

President Obama recently created three new national monuments in California — Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains, and Sand to Snow — nearly 1.8 million acres in all. And the president has said he is not done yet! Now it’s West Virginia’s turn. Let’s make 2016 the Year for Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. Click here to ask the President to use his Antiquities Act authority to give the Mountain State a national monument!

Birthplace of Rivers in the News
The Charleston Gazette-Mail published an awesome editorial, January 17, calling on the President or Congress to act now to create Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. They write that the 2014 water crisis shows how important it is for us to protect our headwaters.