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Comments Needed on New River Gorge Management Plan

Posted: 02/17/2006
by Charles Walbridge

The West Virginia Wildwater Association (WVWA) is asking private boaters and paddling clubs using the New River to provide comments on the new General Management Plan (GMP). The GMP will guide development of the New River Gorge National River for the next 15 to 20 years. The park service is requesting public input; non-commerical boaters need to stress the value of activities by private individuals and groups. The initial comment period ends March 15, 2006.

Your comments should focus on subjects like water quality, access roads, parking, changing facilities, picnicking areas, overnight camping spots. Equal access for private and commercial interests is very important.  From Hinton to Cunard, upstream of the famous New River Gorge, there are a number of good class 2-3 runs. There are access problems in some places. Glade Creek to Quinnimont is a popular short class 2-3 run. Put-in access closed early in 2003 when a road washed out, and the road remains closed. If no one speaks up these issues are likely to be overshadowed by those affecting the famous downstream whitewater run.

Please send your comments to Calvin Hite, Superintendent, New River Gorge National River, P. O. Box 246 Glen Jean, WV, 25846. You can alsocontact the planners working on the GMP through internet. Go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov; under the drop-down window. find the New River Gorge National River, click "Go" and fill out the comment form.

Other interests are well-represented and will be making comments. Make sure your voice is heard!