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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - June 2014

posted Jun 20, 2014, 7:58 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Jun 20, 2014, 7:58 AM ]

Celebrate Birthplace of Rivers This West Virginia Day

Happy West Virginia Day! Show your love for Birthplace of Rivers by sharing this image with your social media networks.

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: Phil Smith, Trout Unlimited

Birthplace of Rivers involves many organizations and people. One volunteer that is incredibly dedicated is Phil Smith of the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited.

He’s traveled the state and to Washington, D.C. to make sure a monument would help keep recreational access to the Mon Headwaters just the way it is now—while preserving its natural values for generations to come.

Read Phil’s Father’s Day op-ed on in the 
Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

Phil doesn't just talk the talk. He lends his hand to take care of it. Last week he and fellow Trout Unlimited volunteers carried over 10 tons of limestone sand into the Cranberry Wilderness Area via a 1/4 mile bucket brigade to restore a native brook trout fishery once rendered dead from acid rain. Thanks to TU, native brook trout are once again flourishing there.

Proposed Pipeline Through The Mon?

Dominion Resources, Inc., has not yet decided to proceed, but the proposed pipeline route (in blue on the map) passes through northern Pocahontas County.
Local communities are concerned about a proposal to construct a large natural gas transmission pipeline through the National Forest. The land clearing and stream crossings involved in such a project is a threat to the quality of our headwaters and is a wake-up to why a monument can’t wait. Read more in this recent Pocahontas County Times article.

What You Can Do

Want to help spread the word about Birthplace or Rivers? Be like Than and Mary Anne Hitt of Shepherdstown, W.Va. They welcomed several friends and neighbors over for refreshments, and invited guests to share their personal stories about The Mon, the monument area, and public lands in West Virginia. Then they showed the "This American Land" Birthplace of Rivers episode.

Host a screening of the 7-minute film at your home, office, or local watering hole. We'll send you a DVD copy to keep along with support materials. Get your film kit by emailing

For more information contact West Virginia Rivers Coalition - (304) 637-7201 -