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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - April 2016

posted Apr 14, 2016, 12:47 PM by Kathleen Tyner
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Wild Edibles Festival

See Birthplace of Rivers through culinary eyes. It’s the annual food fest of wild plants at the Hillsboro Public Library and Hillsboro Elementary School in Pocahontas County. On Friday evening, registered medicinal herbalist Geo Giordono presents “The Wild Edibles Pharmacy” at 7pm at the library. On Saturday, there are workshops, nature hikes where you will learn about wild plants for food and health, and vendor exhibits. Wild edible soups, wraps, and teas will be served for lunch. Email for complete schedule or see Facebook.

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: Letter Writers
Last week in Hillsboro, 15 Pocahontas County residents gathered at a potluck event to write President Obama and ask him to designate the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. 

"Special places with extraordinary vistas, ecology, and accessibility have great potential for economic development because they attract our most valuable resource - people! The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would brand our area as a special place to live, work, and contribute to the locale," wrote Allen Johnson.

And for WV Rivers’ own Matt Kearns, collecting the letters to hand deliver to Washington DC, it was this West Virginia native’s first time eating ramps!

If you'd like to host a letter writing party of your own, email If you would like to send an electronic letter to President Obama, you can do so here.

Businesses for the Monument
Long time Birthplace of Rivers supporter Stu Schwab opened the doors to his new Lewisburg business, the Appalachian Bicycle Company on March 4. 

"Tea Creek Trail in the Birthplace of Rivers is the reason why I moved here from Asheville, NC. It's a full backcountry riding experience — a climb to over 4,000ft, lots of roots, and a rock garden. For road biking, the Highland Scenic Highway is an epic ride. A National Monument designation would secure all these recreation opportunities for our future."

Stu is proud of his new shop in Lewisburg. Drop by and grab a Birthplace of Rivers map to find Stu's favorite rides and support the Appalachian Bicycle Company.

Help Send 800 Letters to the President by Earth Day
Earth Day is next Friday, April 22, and there is no better time to voice your support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument! We want to send President Obama 800 letters asking him to use the Antiquities Act to establish the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument by Earth Day.

Already sent a letter? Ask your friends to send one too!

Save the Date: WV Rivers Event in the Birthplace of Rivers - July 9-10

Grab your calendars and circle the weekend of July 9-10! WV Rivers is planning a weekend retreat in beautiful Slatyfork, WV. 

Join WV Rivers staff, board and fellow supporters for a relaxing weekend enjoying the streams, mountains, and forests of the Birthplace of Rivers. 

Stay tuned to our e-newsletter (sign-up here) and; we'll be sharing more information soon. Hope to see you in July!

Birthplace of Rivers in the News

In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the monument.

Glad to see editorial on Birthplace of Rivers, Fayette Tribune, 4/11/16. Secret Sandwich Society owner Lewis Rhinehart writes in a letter to the editor about business support for President Obama to create Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. 

It's Time To Designate Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, Fayette Tribune, 4/4/16. Editor Cheryl Keenan calls on President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to create the first landscape-scale national monument in the East. 

Discover 6 Secrets Hidden in Birthplace of Rivers, Positive Solutions e-magazine, 3/26/16. From dark skies to the disappearing act of Hills Creek, there is so much more to Birthplace of Rivers than meets the eye. 

Establishing Birthplace of Rivers Protects, Preserves, Grows Tourism, Beckley Register-Herald, 3/22/16. On World Water Day, Bobby Bower of WV Professional River Outfitters writes that designating Birthplace of Rivers is a great way to honor our waters and give adventure tourism a boost.