In the spirit of preserving 150 years of natural beauty and cultural identity, we are sharing the following Call to Action from the Birth Place of Rivers National Monument initiative.
“Covered from end to end, and on all sides, by the ancient Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia is exquisite in its natural splendor. It is the most southern of the northern; the most northern of the southern; the most eastern of the western; and the most western of the eastern States. It is where the east says “good morning” to the west, and where Yankee Doodle and Dixie kiss each other goodnight.” – Senator Robert C. Byrd
Take action to help create West Virginia’s only national monument!
The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would forever preserve a recreationally, ecologically and culturally significant landscape in the southern Monongahela National Forest, known to many West Virginians as the “Mon”. The proposed national monument would protect special features such as the Cranberry Backcountry, Tea Creek, Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades and critical headwaters of six trout-rich rivers. This area means so much to local communities and the Mountain State as a whole, but without a more permanent protective status, the Mon’s natural treasures are not guaranteed to remain as Wild and Wonderful as they are today. Unless protected by law, future management of certain public lands could change in favor of increased industrial development, forever altering the way West Virginians and our visitors enjoy the southern Mon.
As we celebrate 150 years of statehood, West Virginia’s congressional leaders have an opportunity to set aside some of the most special wild places in the southern Mon for future generations, honoring a rich mountain culture deeply connected to the land. The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument is a balanced approach to protecting and restoring wild forests and coldwater streams, preserving our heritage and providing for a more sustainable economic future. This West Virginia Day, sportsmen, mountain bikers, business owners, conservationists, religious groups and local community leaders are coming together to ensure the exploration and enjoyment of this Wild and Wonderful land for many generations to come.
Let’s make the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument a reality!
Tell Senators Manchin and Rockefeller to honor the Mountain State by supporting the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument! Let our Senate leaders know why protecting the southern Monongahela National Forest is important to you.
Senator Jay Rockefeller
Senator Joe Manchin
Birthplace of Rivers National Monument – Our Heritage, Our Future
Get involved, learn more, connect with the citizen campaign: www.birthplaceofrivers.org