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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - April 2015

posted Apr 17, 2015, 10:48 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Exploring Birthplace of Rivers: Volunteers Monitor WV Streams
Volunteers learn how to measure cross-sectional area, an important tool used to identify potential impacts from shale gas development.

Did you know that 90 percent of West Virginia’s native trout streams are in the Monongahela National Forest? The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument means protecting the best of the best! That’s why West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Trout Unlimited have teamed up to monitor coldwater stream conditions. TU’s West Virginia and Virginia Water Quality Monitoring Project was developed by TU and is being implemented in West Virginia by TU and WV Rivers. The program focuses on training volunteers to monitor coldwater streams that have the potential to be impacted by the increasing shale gas development. Thanks to all you volunteers!

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: Pocahontas Trails
Pocahontas Trails, the local IMBA chapter, will host the Mid-Atlantic Summit in May, with rides in the Tea Creek area.

Pocahontas Trails is an International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter in Pocahontas County, WV—the heart of the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. They work to improve and promote the trails in the county, and partner up with the community to repair, design, and build trails. It's all about enhancing trail sustainability, safety, and rider/hiker experience. They are hosting the IMBA Mid-Atlantic Summit May 2931, with rides scheduled in the Tea Creek area. If you are passionate about trails and ride in Pocahontas County, check out Poca. Trails and get involved. 

Shout Out: Mountain State Overland
These guys explore West Virginia’s back roads, byways, backcountry through short films of places that cry out Wild & Wonderful. They present a low-key, small planet view of the genuine side of the Mountain State’s real treasures—places like White Grass in Canaan Valley and the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. Mountain State Overland recently donated a portion of proceeds to the monument campaign. Check out a short video of West Virginia Wilderness Coalition’s Mike Costello extolling the magnificence of the place at Mountain State Overland.

Businesses Say Monuments Good For The Economy
A survey of business owners in the West shows that small business overwhelmingly supports the creation of new national monuments. In the study conducted by Small Business Majority, business owners said that access to permanently protected public lands is not only good for business, it’s a reason to locate a business near public land. Small business owners believe protecting public lands, including monuments, bring in tourism dollars and help attract talented employees. Business owners also said that preserving Boulder-White Clouds in Utah and California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain as a national monument would be good for the economy. See the study at the Small Business Majority.

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