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Public Meeting on Hike and Bike Trail System

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Date: December 1, 2009
Contact: Jamie Fields, 304 465-6527

The National Park Service is soliciting public input as part of an Environmental Assessment for the construction of two stacked loop hike and bike trail systems in the Craig Branch and Garden Ground areas of New River Gorge National River. Additionally, the potential impacts of allowing bicycle use on the proposed new trails along with select existing trails and administrative roads within New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River will be analyzed.

A public meeting will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center located on U.S. Route 19, two miles north of Fayetteville, WV. During the meeting, representatives from the National Park Service will introduce the project, answer questions and gather feedback from all interested parties.

Public input is welcome and appreciated throughout this process. “We want everyone with an interest in our National Parks to take part in the stewardship of the national treasures we have right here in our own back yard. Take a look and tell us what you think”, said Superintendent Don Striker. In addition to attending the public meeting, information is available on-line or by mail at the addresses below. In order to ensure that your input is included as part of the initial scoping process, please submit your comments and suggestions on-line or mail by January 15, 2010.

The project description can be viewed and public input can be submitted in several ways:

On-line:
Go to http://www.nps.gov/neri at “Quicklinks” select “Park Planning”, then “Hiking and Bicycling Trail Plan”, then “Open for Public Comment”

Send written input to:
Don Striker, Superintendent
New River Gorge National River
P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846

Did You Know?

Historic Logging Railroad at Garden Ground

The New River Gorge was logged extensively thoughout the past century. The landscape is now recovering, with the park ecosystem returning to its more natural state, but there are still plenty of signs of the past activities.