Governor Manchin Supports State's Alternative for Wilderness Designation

Feb 21, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

“Instead of protecting wildlife, the establishment of wilderness designation for areas like Cheat Mountain would hamper beneficial wildlife management efforts to restore red spruce and stream habitats for endangered species and brook trout”

Gov. Joe Manchin announced today that he supports a State-developed alternative for wilderness legislation as a constructive improvement to the legislation introduced last week by the West Virginia ... via West Virginia Division of Natural Res...

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Outdoornut

Copen, WV

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Feb 24, 2008
 
It's a shame that organizations like the Wilderness Conservancy are so narrow minded about "wilderness" designation that they fail to look at the entire picture. Of course we need to protect our states wild areas, however don't do it at the cost of some people who enjoy those areas for recreation also. I love to hike however am limited to short distances. I can't afford a horse nor would I have any place to keep one. So my choice of transportation into those far reaching wild areas of WV is via bicycle, yet the wilderness designation language prohibits bicycle "mechanical devices", so why can't the state work to create something similar to "wilderness designation" without forbiding my family and friends from enjoying those beautiful areas from the seat of our bicycles? I love this state and our forests and would love to protect them for our future generations, however don't fence me or my children out either.
Warren Hannah

Kermit, WV

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Dec 1, 2010
 
Senator Manchin side swipes both sides of the aisle in other words he hedges his bets,so your chances are about 50 50.

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