West Virginians for Public Lands – Summer Events, LWCF Update, New River Gorge
The Effort to Fully Fund Land & Water Conservation Fund Continues
Now, Senator Capito, Representative Miller, and Representative McKinley need to hear from you! Encourage them to lead the way for full LWCF funding! Write them here.
Share Your Thoughts on New River Gorge Designation Change
Have you heard about the proposal to change the National Park designation for the New River Gorge from a National River to a National Park & Preserve?
WV Rivers is gathering thoughts and questions from community members on this proposal to share with our congressional members.
To make it easy for you to share your thoughts, we’ve prepared a short survey on the proposed designation change – you can find it here. Please respond by July 31st.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Start Chapter in WV
Hunting and angling have been essential parts of West Virginia’s culture for generations. As the dynamics of access, wildlife population, and legislation change, a few West Virginians saw the need to unite sportsmen and women to support policy that protects and enhances this intrinsic part of our culture.
Folks decided reach out to one of the largest organizations working with sportspersons in the nation, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA). BHA has chapters across the United States, providing resources and support to promote access and ecosystem-wide conservation in wild places.
The West Virginia Chapter held its kick-off event at Bridge Brewworks in Fayetteville, WV on July 12. The event was a casual evening filled with engaging conversation around the preservation and access of public lands, particularly in the New River Gorge corridor. Check out our blog on the event here.
Now, they’re looking for your support! Learn more about BHA on their website and join chapter organizers at their next pint night, August 8, 6pm, at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The team will be set up all weekend during the International Bowhunters World Championships held at Snowshoe.
Public Lands Paint & Sip by the River – August 18
West Virginians for Public Lands is partnering with Wild & Wonderful Paint Parties to host a day of landscape painting by the New River on August 18.
Painting outside has been a tradition of artists for millennia, but this class doesn’t require any artistic background and is open to folks of ALL abilities. Instructor Kelly LaCava will work with the group to help you create your own unique piece.
All supplies and instruction are included with your ticket purchase. A portion of each ticket will be donated to WV Rivers’ pubilc lands program! Painters are encouraged to bring their own favorite beverage.
Seats are limited, so invite your friends and RSVP here!
A shuttle will be arranged for those who aren’t familiar with the area. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.