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Wilderness Historian Doug Scott to Tour West Virginia
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by Harrison Case | 2006

Book Tour is planned for noted Wilderness author, Doug Scott, during the week of July 17-21, 2006

Doug Scott, director of Campaign for America’s Wilderness and one of the nation’s leading experts on wild land preservation, will tour West Virginia July 17-21, giving readings from his book, “The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage Through The Wilderness Act”.

Scott’s leadership role in wilderness preservation spans over four decades, beginning in college and including terms of duty as a Conservation Director for the Sierra Club, lobbyist for the Wilderness Society, and now Policy Director for Campaign for America’s Wilderness, a national organization supporting local citizen-driven Wilderness proposals across the country. He also is a founding member of Earth Day and has worked on the ground in many local environmental campaigns.

This summer, Scott is touring West Virginia to highlight the great wild areas on the Monongahela National Forest, and the urgent need for Congress to protect them as Wilderness Areas. His involvement in the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act, which established the Dolly Sods and Otter Creek Wilderness Areas, and in subsequent efforts to protect Cranberry Wilderness and Laurel Fork, gave Scott’s an insight into the rare, unique treasures on the Mon. Campaign for America’s Wilderness has been an active partner with the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition’s effort to protect more wild areas on the Forest.

“The wilderness areas of West Virginia are among the wildest, most enchanting sanctuaries of nature I know, “ says Scott. “Spectacular wild sanctuaries such as Seneca Creek still are unprotected, so there is work to be done by West Virginians to preserve these most precious, most vulnerable parts of wild, wonderful West Virginia. Getting involved with the citizen campaign to protect these treasures is a great way for ordinary people to take part in our democracy.”

Scott will be stopping in Elkins, at the heart of the Mon, where citizens are fighting to protect Seneca Creek, the great unspoiled valley below Spruce Knob that is home to a world-class native trout stream. In Lewisburg, he will join with community leaders who are asking their representatives in Congress to give the Greenbrier Valley its first Wilderness Areas in Spice Run, Middle Mountain and Big Draft. In Charleston, Morgantown, and Shepherdstown, he’ll speak with recreational users of the popular Dolly Sods area about the importance of expanding the Wilderness to include Dolly Sods North and the Roaring Plains backcountry.

This visit by one of America’s leading conservationists comes at a critical time for the campaign to permanently preserve the Mon’s wild regions for recreation, habitat, watershed protection and spiritual value. As the Forest Service prepares to release its final management plan for the Forest this summer, volunteer leaders and professionals like Doug Scott will work with the thousands of individuals - and dozens of business, organizations and government bodies - who spoke up last year in favor of protecting the last wild lands on the Mon. Only through the united leadership of the West Virginia Congressional delegation will these most special places be permanently protected as Wilderness Areas.

For more information about Doug Scott’s tour of West Virginia or the effort to protect the Mountain State’s wild lands, contact the the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition at 304-906-9317 or harrison_case@wvwild.org (outreach coordinator Harrison Case).

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