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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - September 2016

posted Sep 23, 2016, 9:28 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 11:41 AM ]
Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Williams River Road
The photo above shows the Williams River Road before the June flood, be aware of damage to the road as you enjoy the scenic views.

The Williams River Road is open to bikes and hikes! It could be up to two years before this flood-damaged scenic road is repaired and open to vehicles. In the meantime, you can experience this scenic road on foot or bike to access the trails and camp in the dispersed sites along the river (camping fees apply). The Forest Service will continue to maintain pit toilets and trash removal. Be mindful of washouts and damage to culverts and bridges. 

Faces of Birthplace of Rivers: Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford, pictured with his son John, is a founder of Friends of the Monument, a Pocahontas County-based supporter of the Birthplace of Rivers. He has lobbied for the monument in Congress, given a makeover to the campaign website, and now written a compelling piece in the Charleston Gazette following designation of Maine Woods and Waters National Monument.

You can also hear Frank on WVMR. Join Frank and friends at the Friends of the Monument Fall Fling, October 13, at the Pretty Penny Cafe in Hillsboro.

If you can't make it, you can still support Friends of the Monument and sign a letter to President Obama.

Businesses for the Monument: Blue Ridge Outdoors

We can’t say thank-you enough to BRO for their enthusiastic support for Birthplace of Rivers. They’ve published terrific articles, spread the word on our campaign, and helped secure needed funds for grassroots organizing and advocacy. BRO is a recreation magazine that knows that great times outdoors depend on protecting special places. 

Check out this cool video from BRO on a recent Bikepacking trip through the Birthplace of Rivers! 



Calling All Photos!

Autumn has arrived in the highlands of Birthplace of Rivers. So grab your camera and enter the Birthplace of Rivers Photo Contest.


Any photo taken in the proposed monument since January 1, 2015 is eligible. Prizes include a free pair of KEEN shoes and a chance to get published online or in print with Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Help tell the Birthplace of Rivers story!

More details available here.

Save the Date - WV Rivers Film Festival

WV Rivers' annual Film Festival is headed back to the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown on Friday, November 4

Last year, WV Rivers hosted our first homegrown film festival featuring filmmakers and films from West Virginia and the surrounding region. This year we're doing it again! 

In addition to great films this year's Film Festival will include live music by the Halftime String Band and our famous raffle. It's an evening you won't want to miss! 

When: Friday, November 4. Doors open and music with the Halftime String Band starts at 6:00pm. Films start at 7:00pm.

Where: Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Tickets are on sale now! $12 online, $15 at the door. Students with a valid student ID are $10 at the door. Purchase your tickets.

Do you have a film you'd like to submit to the Film Festival? Click here.
Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Click here

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call Kathleen at 304-637-7201

Upcoming Events in the Monument


Birthplace of Rivers in the News

In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the Birthplace of Rivers.

Birthplace of Rivers National Monument Proposal in Pocahontas County Explained - Allegheny Mountain Radio 

Frank Gifford: Take the Maine road to a better WV - Charleston Gazette-Mail

Letter: A national monument would help build a strong, sustainable economy - Charleston Gazette-Mail

Bikepacking 101 - Blueridge Outdoors Magazine

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