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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - August 2016

posted Aug 26, 2016, 7:58 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Cranberry Shindig

See live rattlesnakes, learn about tracking, find a hike, and participate in Appalachian culture at the annual 
Cranberry Shindig! All this and more at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center’s annual event, September 25th. As part of your visit to the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, drink some water fresh from a mountain spring! Find the spring just 200 yards from the Nature Center, on the switchback heading down and west on Route 39.

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: John Bailey
After a career in the sciences and communications, John Bailey, with his wife Kitty, retired to a small farm in Pocahontas County. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking the many trails in the Cranberry Wilderness and along the Scenic Highway. John says, "Pocahontas County is truly Nature’s Mountain Playground, and the proposed Birthplace of Rivers is the best way to ensure this legacy for the people of Pocahontas County and for future generations." John has used his professional background to help the local team that developed a website supporting the national monument campaign. Learn more at

Businesses for the Monument: Pathfinder of WV

Pathfinder of WV is the place to go in Morgantown to get outfitted for your next trip to the Birthplace of Rivers. While you're there, grab a National Monument map and sticker, and sign a postcard to President Obama, as Pathfinder is one of 13 Birthplace of Rivers Info Centers across the state. Thanks to Pathfinder and all our business partners in the Birthplace of Rivers Information Centers. 

Business Owners Discuss Tourism with Rep. Jenkins

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins, R–WV, met with outdoor recreation business owners and local officials overlooking New River Gorge August 19 to discuss way to boost tourism in West Virginia. Along with marketing funding and clean water infrastructure, the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument was also part of the dialogue.

With 200 WV business supporting the monument proposal, local business supporters wanted Mr. Jenkins to hear that Birthplace of Rivers would give West Virginia a prestigious star on the map for outdoor recreation. 

President Proclaims National Monument in Maine

President Obama has added another national monument to his Presidential portfolio with the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, August 24. In his statement, the president said, “This monument will protect approximately 87,500 acres, including the stunning East Branch of the Penobscot River and a portion of the Maine Woods that is rich in biodiversity and known for its outstanding opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish, snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski.” In a statewide poll in 2014, more than 80 percent of West Virginians expressed support for Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. The Katahdin announcement raises hopes that West Virginia’s monument could be next!

Calling All Filmmakers!

WV Rivers is looking for talented filmmakers to submit their films to the 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival. The WV Rivers Film Festival is a blend of conservation and adventure films with a focus on West Virginia and Appalachia. Ideal films are under 20 minutes and highlight what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful. You can submit your film here, or download the form here.  

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call Kathleen at 304-637-7201.

The film submission deadline is September 30, 2016. Films selected for the 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival will be notified by October 10.

Upcoming Events in the Monument
Slatyfork Fat Tire Weekend - August 26-28
Scenic Mountain Triathlon - August 28
Cranberry Shindig - September 25

Birthplace of Rivers in the News
In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the Birthplace of Rivers.

Jenkins hears tourism wish list - Beckley Register-Herald
Maine land from Burt's Bees founder is new national monument - The News and Observer
Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Destinations East of the Rockies -