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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - May 2015

posted May 29, 2015, 12:24 PM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 11:03 AM ]
Exploring Birthplace of Rivers: Cranberry Wilderness
Cranberry Wilderness

Of all the hikes in the Birthplace of Rivers area, this one puts the Big W in wilderness. The 16.75-mile trek on the Middle Fork and Big Beechy trails combines the essence of the Cranberry—red spruce and yellow birch and endless carpets of moss and fern—with a major-league ascent out of paradise the following day. There are waterfalls and cascades galore, and when you can't see them you’re hearing them. The Middle Fork, Slick Rock Run, and the fancifully named Hell for Certain Branch all contribute to sights and sounds. There are campsites along the way, too. Be warned: the hike up Big Beechy is big steepy. For more hikes, click here and check out hikes in the Marlinton and Gauley Ranger Districts.

Faces of the Birthplace of Rivers: Bob Johnson

A big shout out to Bob Johnson, mayor of Richwood, WV, for all his support on Birthplace of Rivers. Most recently, Bob wrote an op-ed published in the Charleston Daily Mail, “Monument Will Benefit Local Economy, calling on Senators Manchin and Capito "to respond to this opportunity with a bi-partisan solution, giving stakeholders the guarantees they seek, providing communities the economic boost we need, and granting ‘Wild and Wonderful’ the national honor it deserves.” Richwood is the western gateway to Birthplace of Rivers. Early in the campaign, Bob ushered a resolution of support through the city council. 

Key endorsement from Wheeling paper

Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, says Birthplace of Rivers National Monument makes good sense for WV economy. “Promoted properly, it could be an enormous boon to the economy,” Myer wrote in the editorial pages of the paper he runs. “And by promoted properly, I mean as part of an experience—animals, fish, forests, streams, mountains and the whole ball of wax only West Virginia can offer.” Read the full editorial

West Virginia Executive magazine: Unplug in the monument!
Photo: Sam Taylor Photography

A popular WV business magazine published this travel piece about making your getaway this summer to the Birthplace of Rivers. The article by WV Rivers’ David Lillard highlights some of the special places that make this part of the Mon Forest worthy of permanent protection. Summer is here! Make your plans for a few quick getaways to hike, fish, paddle, or just enjoy the views.

Another Sportsman Urges Designation
Photo: Phil Smith

Richwood fly-fishing guide Frank Second is proud to be one of 200 business owners to endorse the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument proposal. And he said so in a letter to the editor published in the Register-Herald. “Monument status would add stronger protection to the nearby trout streams,” writes Frank. “It would enhance and protect all recreation access, ensuring the area would remain open for West Virginians and our visitors to enjoy in perpetuity.” Thanks, Frank! And thanks to all the West Virginia business owners who believe the West Virginia economy and protecting our special places go hand in hand.

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