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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - November 2015

posted Nov 30, 2015, 7:17 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Nov 30, 2015, 7:18 AM ]
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: A Video Postcard

Here comes December! If it’s a little too chilly for you to explore Birthplace of Rivers on foot, here’s a little journey you can take from the cozy comfort of home. Matt Kearns, WV Rivers public lands specialist, created this video postcard for your armchair pleasure. Forward it to a friend, and ask them to sign up for Birthplace e-news

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: 
Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson has led an extraordinary life: Vietnam in the U.S. Marine Corps, the Peace Corps in Nepal working on wildlife conservation, a career wildlife biologist, chair of the Sierra Club West Virginia chapter. In 2012, Paul founded Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing, which helps active duty military personnel and veterans with disabilities through fly-fishing. Birthplace of Rivers brings all his interests together: “Birthplace of Rivers would be a great way to protect the headwaters of some blue-ribbon trout streams in West Virginia,” writes Paul. “It’s a landscape that inspires vets to connect their fellow servicemen and women with the great outdoors.” Read more about Paul’s work.

Birthplace is the Remotest Place in the East

Ryan and Rebecca Means take “getting away from it all” to a whole new level. Through Project Remote, they identify, explore, and document the remotest locations within each state in pursuit of science and conservation. They record observations on noise levels, visible human presence, cell coverage, and more. The remotest spot in West Virginia, they say, is the Cranberry Wilderness in the heart of the Birthplace of Rivers area.

It’s the largest federal wilderness area east of the Mississippi, but that remote spot is only 3.2 miles from the nearest road. This highlights the challenge of finding quality backcountry experiences in the mid Atlantic, and offers another reason to protect the solitude and dark skies of the Birthplace of Rivers. Read more.

Businesses for the Monument: Four Seasons Outfitter

Thanks to Bruce Donaldson, owner of Four Seasons Outfitter and Adventure Sports in Richwood, WV. His shop sells hunting and fishing gear, along with snowshoes, bicycles, and camping equipment. Bruce is outspoken about the monument’s potential economic benefits for nearby communities; he’s written about the proposal and spoken to Senator Manchin’s staff about introducing legislation. “That makes sense; he’s a sportsman himself, and this is an idea created by West Virginians,” says Bruce. “He needs to act soon, though. If he doesn’t, I’ll be one of the growing list of Mountain State sportsman asking the President to act.” 

Birthplace of Rivers in the News

Capito, Manchester Discuss Issues, 11/17/15, Beckley Register-Herald. Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester meets with Senator Capito to discuss Birthplace of Rivers and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

Live Monumental, 10/23/15, The Hill. Kirk Richardson of Keen Footwear writes about this summer's campaign to designate 5 new national monuments.

Let's All Live Monumentally, 10/13/15, Portland Tribune. Kirk Richardson of Keen Footwear describes why his company launched a campaign to designate five national monuments, including Birthplace of Rivers.