Friends of Blackwater is congratulating West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Capito, and Congressperson Carol Miller, for including the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act in the year-end legislative package.
The New River Gorge will become the 63rd National Park, the first in West Virginia, and the 20th National Preserve in the United States. Senator Manchin reassured land users that “Over the last two years, we have met with outdoorsmen, businesses and local leaders and other interested groups to ensure this designation will promote the beauty and rich history of the New River Gorge, while ensuring that the longstanding traditions of hunting and fishing are protected for generations to come.
“The New River Gorge is truly one of West Virginia’s most treasured playgrounds and largest tourist attractions — because of its whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, outdoor sports and natural beauty. This designation will increase international recognition by highlighting West Virginia’s world-class beauty and resources,” said Senator Manchin.
“The New River Gorge is home to all West Virginia has to offer – our beauty, small businesses, and adventurous tourism opportunities. This legislation will preserve and protect the New River Gorge for generations to come and make our state an even better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Congresswoman Miller.
Other beautiful outdoor recreation and heritage tourism destinations in West Virginia, including the Blackwater Canyon, could receive one of these monumental national designations. Thank you to these visionary West Virginia legislators!