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Birthplace Of Rivers National Monument News - March 2015

posted Mar 12, 2015, 7:55 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Jan 6, 2016, 7:19 AM ]
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Highland Scenic Highway
Williams River valley from Highland Scenic Highway. Geoff Gallice.

March is the perfect time of year to watch winter melt away in the mountains while spring comes to life down below. And there’s really no place like the Highland Scenic Highway in the Monongahela National Forest to witness the seasons changing. By late March you’ll see hardwoods budding and leafing out at lower elevations, but patches of snow will still be plentiful along the highway, where several overlooks top 4,500 feet. There are trails leading up into the Cranberry Wilderness and down into the Williams River Valley. There’s no snow removal on the Scenic Highway. While a late-season snowstorm will present challenges for vehicles, the road becomes a cross-country skiing paradise in wintery conditions.Print this map or pick up on at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, and as you stop along the Highway you can plan your summer hikes and rides.

Browns Canyon: Momentum For Birthplace Of Rivers
Arkansas River, Browns Canyon National Monument.

With President Obama’s proclamation creating a national monument in Colorado’s Browns Canyon February 19, West Virginians can feel momentum growing for the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. The Browns Canyon story shows the power of working together for a shared vision. The Birthplace of Rivers campaign has brought together sportsmen, paddlers, cyclists, hikers, and others who treasure the natural heritage of their special place. Homegrown pride has built a coalition that includes the WV Council of Churches, the WV Municipal League, local governments, tourism bureaus, sportsman’s groups, and outdoors folks like American Whitewater and the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association. 

Make a Monumental Phone Call. Call Congress Today!

There is so much uncertainty in the Southern Monongahela National Forest—natural gas pipeline projects and major changes to the way public lands are managed and enjoyed. Corporations and outsiders in Congress threaten to open public lands to development, trumping special places and the people who use them. This is why places like the Birthplace of Rivers need to be protected! Please call both of West Virginia’s U.S. Senators and your Representative to voice your support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. A one-minute phone call goes a long way! All you have to say is, “I’m calling to say I supported the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument.”

Sen. Joe Manchin: 202-224-3954
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: 202-224-6472
Rep. Evan Jenkins: 202-225-3452
Rep. Alex Mooney: 202-225-2711
Rep. David McKinley: 202-225-4172

Faces of the Birthplace of Rivers: Zach Pittman

Zach is the founder and owner of, a statewide hunting and fishing online forum with 3,000 members. WV Angler is a BOR business supporter and spokesperson. He recently waxed poetic about the Birthplace of Rivers on his blog: “These are areas where most can say they first cast a fly or went trout fishing with dad,” Zach writes. A monument designation would “allow our grand children and their children this same opportunity.” Well said, WVAngler!

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