WV Public Lands Update: December 2020
Climate Change and How Public Lands Can Help
When people talk about why they love public lands, few people mention the connection to climate change mitigation. Who knew we can help reverse climate change by preserving forests and waterbodies?
Protecting our wild lands and waters helps to mitigate climate change by storing and removing carbon through a process known as “carbon sequestration.” Essentially, by protecting natural outdoor spaces and resources, we are combating climate change. The more carbon that is stored and removed through natural processes, the less carbon dioxide will reach the atmosphere. This is considered a “natural solution” to climate change and helps slow down the depletion of the ozone layer.
Then, in August, a report from the U.S. Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis also referenced the need to protect wild lands and waters to fight climate change.
While West Virginia is one of the most forested states in the country, there is great potential here for natural climate solutions. Let’s hold our representatives accountable to these action plans. It’s time for national climate change policy that includes protecting wild lands and waterways. Sign our petition and tell Senator Manchin why addressing climate change is important to you.
Public Lands Business Alliance Spotlight: Pete Hobbie Woodworks
The West Virginians for Public Lands alliance is excited to announce one of our most recent business endorsers. Thank you Pete Hobbie Woodworks for supporting our work!
Endorsing West Virginians for Public Lands
- We campaigned for the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, which passed earlier this year!
- Includes full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which means $900 million each year will go to support conservation and recreation projects on public lands.
- We are working closely with the WV Development office on a guidance document (the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan; SCORP) that explains how proposed public lands projects in WV are evaluated.
New WV Rivers’ T-Shirt just in Time for the Holidays
Monongahela National Forest Access Updates
The Forest Service continues to provide guidance on use of developed recreational sites to keep visitors safe. You can find up-to-date information about access and restrictions within the Mon National Forest here.