West Virginia’s for Public Lands – April 2017
WVPL Senate Letter Delivered to Capitol Hill
On behalf of West Virginians for Public Lands, WV Rivers Coalition hand-delivered a letter to Senators Manchin and Capito from 30 WV organizations and businesses. The letter urges the Senators to reject Congressional efforts to sell off public lands, retain the integrity of the Antiquities Act, and champion permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
WV Rivers was in Washington, DC, April 5, with West Virginia watershed groups and local governments to advocate funding for Mountain State rivers and streams through the Chesapeake Bay Program (pictured above).
Antiquities Act Threat Looms
Congressional efforts to gut the Antiquities Act are on the horizon. This law enables presidents to create national monuments to protect federal lands with special natural, recreational, cultural, and scientific values. Nearly every president in the last 50 years has used the Antiquities Act to create national monuments.
Senate Bill 33, which is co-sponsored by WV Senator Shelley Moore Capito, would remove presidential authority to create national monuments and, in effect, turn over public lands decisions to state legislatures. WVPL partners believe that state residents, including state and local government, should be consulted on public lands decisions. But the President and Congress should not abdicate their responsibilities on public lands. Stay tuned for action alerts!
Time for Cheat Fest!
Explore Public Lands During the Best of Birthplace Weekend
Take in the spectacular views of the Monongahela National Forest during the Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend.
WVPL partner West Virginia Rivers is hosting a special weekend of outings in the Birthplace of Rivers area of the Southern Monongahela National Forest, May 20–21. The Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend includes education and interpretive programs on Saturday afternoon, followed by supper and a campfire. On Sunday, choose from hikes, fly-fishing, and a bicycle trip along the Williams River — with shuttle and bag lunch provided.
All this fun in the forest is only $20 for adults and $5 for kids 15 years of age and younger! Learn more here.
Take Action: Protect the Air Quality of Public Lands
Seneca Rocks from the North Fork of the South Branch Potomac River by Jeff Macklin.
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