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  • SENATOR MANCHIN, BUY BLACKWATER CANYON!!

  • Dear Senator Manchin:

    Our late, beloved Senator Robert C. Byrd once referred to the 10,000 acre Blackwater Canyon as "West Virginia's crown jewel".  This region is a vital home for endangered species, a place of giant waterfalls and magnificent trees and massive boulders, bisected by a historic Rail-Trail, with rare cut-stone archways and heritage coke ovens. The Blackwater Canyon is an outdoor recreation mecca, and a jobs engine for the Highlands' growing second-home and tourism industries.

     

    Nothing is more important to the long-term economic, historic, recreational -- and spiritual -- future of the West Virgina Highlands than acquiring and protecting the remaining 2,7 00 privately-owned acres in the Blackwater Canyon.  As a lover of West Virginia, I urge you, as a West Virginia Senator who understands how beloved this Canyon is by millions, to make it a top priority to "Buy Back" the privately-owned land in the Canyon, and to permanently protect this remarkableW ildR iverG orge.  Please, speak out and show that you understand and care about this issue that so many people support -- on a bi-partisan basis.

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