Meet WV Rivers Public Lands Coordinator, Rhea Mitchell

West Virginia’s public lands have a fierce new advocate on WV Rivers’ staff. Rhea Mitchell, a long-time WV Rivers volunteer and dedicated public lands advocate, join the WV Rivers’ team in mid-May.

Rhea grew up exploring the woods and streams of the Appalachian Mountains. After three years of travel her Appalachian roots drew her to settle down in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. She is proud to live in West Virginia, and not only calls the forests, streams, cliffs, and rivers of the New River Gorge her home, but also her little slice of heaven.

As WV Rivers’ public lands coordinator, Rhea vows to bring all of her heart and skills to represent, protect, and advocate for the public lands of West Virginia and all who enjoy them.

Rhea graduated from Bloomsburg University with a BA in photography and journalism.  Before joining the WV Rivers staff, she served as a volunteer leader for West Virginians for Public Lands. Rhea brings experience in community outreach, policy advocacy, and volunteer management.

When not working, you can find Rhea on West Virginia’s trails and cliffs, fly fishing the creeks and rivers, or volunteering at a local farm.

Welcome to the team, Rhea! If you’d like to get in touch with Rhea, you can email her at

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