Save Our State Parks From Logging

Governor Proposes to Open All State Parks for Commercial Logging

Bills that would lift an 80-year ban on commercial logging in West Virginia’s State Parks, Senate Bill 270/House Bill 4182, are now up for consideration by the West Virginia Legislature.

Contact your legislators and tell them you oppose opening West Virginia’s State Parks up for commercial logging.

Governor Justice and SB270/HB4182 supporters say the bill is necessary to pay for State Park maintenance, and that logging is good for forest health. While conservation-based forest management can benefit some wildlife habitat and forest ecosystems, SB270/HB4182 sets to undermine the ecological and recreational value of our state parks’ mature forests. SB 270 advances one objective – to harvest the highest quality and highest dollar timber from our State Parks – leaving behind smaller and less desirable trees. This type of timbering is not sustainable and it jeopardizes long-term forest health. Read our FAQ on SB 270/HB4182 to learn more.

Stand up for your State Parks! Contact your legislators. Let them know that West Virginia’s State Parks are important to you and that you oppose commercial logging in your State Parks!

Click here to send a letter. Customize your letter and make a bigger impact! Let your legislators know why you visit West Virginia’s State Parks or share a favorite memory. Make it personal! 

Save Our State Parks! Partner organizations of West Virginians for Public Lands are rallying everyone who cares about our state parks to raise their voices. Partners include WV Highlands Conservancy, WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, Friends of Blackwater, WV Rivers Coalition, WV Environmental Council, Kanawha Forest Coalition, West Virginia Scenic Trails Association, and Mountain Lakes Preservation Association. Together we have launched “SOS Parks,” a campaign to Save Our State Parks.

For more information, check out the Save Our State Parks resources webpage, and email info@wvpubliclands.org.

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