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
orge. Please, speak out and show that you understand and care about this issue that so many people support -- on a bi-partisan basis.