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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - July 2016

posted Jul 29, 2016, 9:00 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Birthplace of Rivers Flood Report

Recreational access to the Birthplace of Rivers area was severely impacted by June’s flooding, but the Forest Service is working hard to repair the damage. The Williams River Road remains closed west of Tea Creek Campground. Tea Creek Campground is open; access it from the east via Hwy 150. The Honeycomb Rocks parking area along the Highland Scenic Highway has been repaired. Before you visit, check out this flyer from the Forest Service for information about recreation and safety. 

Visit the WV Rivers flood updates webpage for more information on the June 2016 flooding.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Monument

During the aftermath of the floods there has been one bright spot – the incredible outpouring of support for folks impacted by the disaster. One partner in the Birthplace of Rivers campaign, Pocahontas Trails, is volunteering their service in the clean up. Pocahontas Trails is looking for volunteers to work alongside the Forest Service on the Tea Creek Mountain Trail on August 2; the trail has one major slide and the footbridge from the Tea Creek Campground is gone. Learn more about the trail work here. Additional opportunities to volunteer with the USFS should be available this fall. 

Greg Moore, a member of Pocahontas Trails, on the Tea Creek Trail. Photo Eric Lindberg. 

Gateway to Birthplace of Rivers

The City of Richwood, a gateway community to the Birthplace of Rivers, was hit especially hard in flooding. Richwood residents and leaders are not sitting down; part of their rebuilding plan is to create stronger connections between public lands and local businesses.

Learn more about upcoming events and plans to rebuild below. 

Cherry River Festival - July 29 - August 6
Scenic Mountain Triathlon - August 28

Businesses Near Monument Impacted by Floods

The Williams River Road remains closed to visitors. 
Supporting local businesses can help communities in and around the Birthplace of Rivers get back on their feet. In Richwood stop by Four Seasons OutfittersThe Guest House, and Richwood DQ. Our friends at Mumsey's Iron Skillet are looking to rebuild after extensive damage.  
Businesses that depend on tourism in Slatyfork, a community in the heart of the Birthplace of Rivers, were hurt by the floods, too. The Elk River Inn and Restaurant and Sharp’s Country Store both had damage to bridges on their properties but are back in business! 

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.

Birthplace of Rivers in the News

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

West Virginia’s First National Monument? - The Observer
City of Richwood Seeks Proclamation of National Monument -
How To: Marlinton WV - Blue Ridge Outdoors 
Monumental Momentum - Blue Ridge Outdoors