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Birthplace of Rivers News - June 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 5:58 AM by Kathleen Tyner
You're Invited: Experience the Best of the Birthplace of Rivers 

You're invited to the Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend, July 9-10 in Slatyfork! On Saturday, July 9, enjoy a barbecue buffet dinner, live music, a campfire and stargazing under the darkest skies in the East. Sunday, choose from four guided outdoor recreation excursions showcasing the best of the Birthplace of Rivers; lunch is included.

As a supporter of the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, take advantage of this special offer just for you. Use this link to purchase your tickets to the event and you'll receive $15 off regular ticket prices! 
 
When: July 9-10, 2016
Where: Elk River Inn and Restaurant in Slatyfork, WV.
Tickets: Specially priced tickets for $60 person — purchase tickets. Each ticket includes Saturday's dinner, Sunday's lunch, entertainment and guided Sunday outings within the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument.
Lodging: Reserve your room (breakfast included) at the Elk River Inn, (304) 572-3741. Free camping is available onsite. Alternative lodging is available at area bed & breakfasts and Snowshoe Resort. Check out Pocahontas County's website to explore other lodging options.

Please purchase your tickets by July 1. We’ll follow up with information on the outings before the event. Call Kathleen Tyner with questions at 304-637-7201.

Elkspedition Energizes Birthplace Campaign Statewide 
 
Matt Kearns and Adam Swisher began their journey down the Elk River at the headwaters in Birthplace of Rivers. They backpacked and biked to Webster Springs. By the time they put their canoe in the water, people all along the Elk knew them as the “Elk River Boys.” Through more than a dozen news stories — including TV, radio, and print — the story of the monument proposal had spread farther and wider than ever before. They were met by more than 60 paddlers 3 miles above Coonskin Park for a Birthplace of Rivers flotilla to the park, where over 100 supporters held a celebratory picnic before the duo finished the final miles to the Kanawha. Read the chronicle of their Elkspedition here.

Local Monument Supporters Take Message to White House 
On May 18 three Pocahontas County supporters of Birthplace of Rivers visited White House staff and Congressional offices. They delivered about 1,500 postcards and letters from West Virginians who support Presidential action to create Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. Michael Degnan of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, pictured left, accepted the cards and letters to President Obama.

A second group representing 200 business owners for the monument, visited Washington, DC June 15–16. We’ve got momentum; let’s keep it up. If you have not yet signed your letter to the President, sign here today!

Explore Birthplace of Rivers: Follow in the Footsteps of the Elkspedition
Just getting to the headwaters of the Elk River was an adventure for the Elkspedition team! Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns hiked up Tea Creek to the top of Gauely Mountain to stay overnight in a three sided shelter nestled in thick spruce forest before descending to the Elk the following day. You can retrace their steps (bushwhacking thru stinging nettle not required) and enjoy a night in the shelter by hiking 6.5 miles up Tea Creek Trail, with 1,500' elevation gain and a dozen stream crossings.

Birthplace of Rivers in the News

In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the monument.

Birthplace of Rivers: the first landscape-scale national monument in the East - Conservation Alliance
WV's Future: The Elk River Runs Through It - Public News Service
Friends Complete Their Journey Of Elk River - WV Metro News
Elkspedition Interview 2 on West Virginia Outdoors - WV Outdoors 
Water’s Unsung Heroes, Give Back Guide - Blue Ridge Outdoors
Kayakers Finish 2-Week Expedition From Headwaters of Elk River - Charleston Gazette Mail
Adventurers Navigate Elk River for a Cause - WOWK TV 
Free Picnic Celebrates 173-mile Elk River  Voyage - Charleston Gazette Mail
Elkspedition Underway - WV Metro News
Elkspedition interview on West Virginia Outdoors - West Virginia Outdoors
Duo Plans To Travel The Entire Elk River In The Days Ahead - WV MetroNewsProtects, Preserves, Grows Tourism - Beckley Register-Herald
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