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posted Aug 7, 2015, 8:12 AM by David Lillard   [ updated Aug 7, 2015, 8:24 AM ]

Keen Rolls Out Live Monumental Tour   
A monumental shout-out to Keen for the 
Live Monumentalcampaign that’s touring the country to raise support for five national monument proposals: including Birthplace of Rivers. Keen’s goal is to deliver 100,000 postcards to the White House supporting Birthplace of Rivers and other monuments. The Monumental team brings their tour to Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Aug. 21 en route to Gauley Fest. Learn more at Live Monumental.

Pocahontas Trails ‘Fat Tire’ Promotes Birthplace of Rivers

If you’ve enjoyed a great ride on the trails in the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument area, you can thank the volunteers of Pocahontas Trails. These folks are the area's leading trails maintainer and a strong voice for Birthplace of Rivers. Their annual Slatyfork Fat Tire Festival, Aug. 21–23, is a 3-day racing event over single track and rock gardens through spruce forest and amazing views. Even if you’re not racing, you can join in the fun. 

Gauley Fest Highlights the Monument

Time to make plans for Gauley Fest, Sept. 18–19, in Summersville, WV. This year, American Whitewater’s big annual event featuring river trips, vendors, and music will rally support for Birthplace of Rivers. AW is teaming up with West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Keen Footwear for an all-out push for support from WV paddlers. Come on out, show your support, dance to the music. 

BOR in the News: Calls for Sen. Manchin to Lead
Trout Unlimited Says Birthplace Should Be Next. The Beckley Register-Herald reported 7/11/15 that President Obama’s announcement of three new monuments in July has prompted sportsmen and other recreation groups to ask: When will West Virginia get its monument? 

Time For Manchin To Pull The Trigger. WV hunter Doug Humphreys wrote in June that it’s clear that people in the Mountain State want Birthplace of Rivers. What’s holding things up?

Explore Birthplace: Gauley Mountain Trail

This 5.2-mile trail connects the Scenic Highway with Forest Road 24, and is the main artery through the Tea Creek System. It’s a fairly gentle old railroad grade, with a few steep stretches. Water is everywhere, with numerous footbridges and several un-bridged crossings. The big bonus: each campsite in the area has a picnic table, lantern post, and fire ring. It’s backpacking with table cloth dining. Go on a weekday for complete solitude.

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