TU: The Mon Deserves Protection
Trout Unlimited named the Monongahela National Forest to its list of Ten Special Places at risk, highlighting the need for permanent protection through the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument proposal. The TU listing brings attention to places where expanding natural gas drilling operations in the East could pose risks to fishing and hunting opportunities. The goal is to promote responsible energy development while acknowledging there are places so special they must be protected. The Birthplace of Rivers area is such a place. To learn about distinctive landscapes on the TU list, see the group’s Special Places coverage. And check out the article about the Mon in the Charleston Daily Mail.
Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: Alex Wyshyvanuk
Alex Wyshyvanuk of Morgantown is an avid outdoorsman who served in Iraq in 2009-2010 and Afghanistan in 2013 with the U.S. Army. He’s also a big league supporter of the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument campaign. “After traveling across the globe, I have no doubt West Virginia is simply the most beautiful place I have ever been,” Alex wrote in a recent Veterans Day piece published in the Charleston Gazette. “For me, there is nowhere else that surpasses the trails, forests and rivers of the Mountain State.” Like many veterans, Alex values public lands as a symbol of America’s consciousness. “Conservation of public lands, just like military service, is a civic and patriotic duty West Virginians have always proudly shared with the rest of the country,” says Alex. “Places like the Birthplace of Rivers area give veterans an oasis of peace and quiet, as well as a source of endless adventure.”
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Honeycomb Rocks
Honeycomb Rocks are an outstanding example of a phenomenon called quartz boxwork, where two geologic processes—rock bending and folding during the mountain-building epoch—clash to create striking patterns in the boulders. You can see these amazing rocks via a short walk along the Honeycombs Rock Trail, located on the Highland Scenic Highway, State Route 150, near Marlinton. Learn about more natural and historic features of Birthplace of Rivers at birthplaceofrivers.org.
Monument Could Be Key In Tourism Rebound
West Virginia has long been billed as Wild & Wonderful. Many of the state’s biggest tourism boosters, though, worry the Mountain State is losing some of its luster to out-of-state travelers. Recent editorials published by the Huntington Herald-Dispatch and the Beckley Register-Herald say we should be doing more to market our outdoor paradise—both in marketing dollars and by promoting a message to the world that West Virginia’s scenic mountains and headwaters really are national treasures. The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument proposal could be the cornerstone of such a campaign. It’s more than a name, after all. Our headwaters truly are the birthplace of world renowned rivers that offer world class fishing, paddling, and everything outdoors.
You can help! Host a Birthplace of Rivers house party and invite a local reporter. Enjoy an informal, relaxing time with friends, watch a short film, and pique the curiosity of someone who can help get the word out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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