November 28, 2011
National Park Service to consider new park in W.Va.
By Paul J. Nyden
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Next month, the National Park Service will begin conducting a survey to determine if some areas within the Monongahela National Forest should be made into a national park - something West Virginia doesn't currently have.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., requested the survey, which is scheduled to be completed by September 2012.
On Monday, Manchin said he "is pleased that the National Park Service is undertaking this survey to evaluate whether this beautiful part of our state should be designated as a national park."
The proposed new national park would include lands east of Elkins, north to the towns of Thomas and Davis, east to Petersburg, and south to Seneca Rocks and Franklin.
The park could also include well-known sites such as Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, the Otter Creek Wilderness, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Dolly Sods.