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Your Help Is Needed To Protect West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest
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by Matt Keller | 2007

More input is needed to get our Congressional Delegation to put more emphasis on designating wilderness in West Virginia!

West Virginia’s Congressional Delegation may soon be making decisions on what areas on the Mon National Forest should be designated as wilderness. As many of you know, the US Forest Service recently released its new management plan that recommended a paltry amount of special places as wilderness. Fortunately, the decision rests with Congress, who we have the ability to influence.

West Virginia’s Congressional members need to hear from you! Please write a letter or make a phone call today! Be sure to talk about why wilderness is important to you.

SAMPLE TALKING POINTS FOR YOUR LETTER OR PHONE CALL:

· The U.S. Forest Service has ignored the will of the public in its final management plan for the Monongahela National Forest, and West Virginia needs you to get involved.

· It is critical that we protect not only the areas recommended by the Forest Service, but also areas that citizens’ groups and the public at large have identified as important and in need of protection. Key areas like Seneca Creek, East Fork of Greenbrier, the Dolly Sods Expansion, Spice Run and Big Draft have been ignored by the Forest Service, but must be protected permanently.

· The Forest Service plan does not recommend any wilderness in the Greenbrier Watershed which currently has no designated wilderness and is a source of drinking water for many West Virginians.

· Protected public land like wilderness helps diversify and stabilize economies by attracting and retaining new businesses, residents, and a local workforce, in addition to generating travel and tourism, one of the fastest growing sectors of West Virginia’s economy.

· Wilderness provides unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, birding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, skiing, and much more.

Contact information for decision-makers can be found on page 6 of this newsletter.

Please let us know when you’ve sent your letter by either sending a copy to, or notifying us:

WVWC, PO BOX 6
MASONTOWN, WV 26542
INFO@WVWILD.ORG
304-864-5530

OTHER WAYS TO HELP PROTECT THE MON:

1. Send your letter to your local newspaper as a letter to the editor.

2. Encourage 3-5 friends or family members to write letters.

3. Host a ‘Wild Mon’ letter writing party—contact us for a free copy of our DVD and party kit.

4. Get involved with one of the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition Chapters — Contact Jason to find a chapter near you.

For more information, contact Jason Keeling at 304-989-3262 or info@wvwild.org

Please visit us online at: www.wvwild.org  

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