Blairs Place, Hillsboro, WV October 13, 2016. Site of Friends of the Monument Friends Fall Fling.
Brandon Richardson won the grand door prize, a Marmot Day Pack donated by the Friends of the Monument.
Partiers writing letters of support to President Obama.
The Friends Fall Fling event was held Thursday evening October 13, 2016 in Hillsboro, WV at Blair’s Place, formerly known as the Pretty Penny. More than 60 people attended the event organized by Friends of the Monument, local citizens supporting the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument initiative.
Attendees enjoyed the beautiful October evening along with a selection of 6 local West Virginia beers from Greenbrier Valley Brewing in Lewisburg, WV, and Mountain State Brewing of Thomas, WV. Dinner included Blair Campbell’s amazing pork barbecue sandwiches with slaw, pasta salad, roasted root vegetable medley, and brownies.
Musical entertainment was provided by Jacox’s own accomplished Paolo, Erica & Friends.
Each Fall Fling attendee hand wrote a letter asking President Obama to declare the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument.
The President’s right to do so is granted by the Antiquities Act, passed by the United States Congress and signed into law under Republican Theodore Roosevelt on June 8, 1906.
Long time Lobelia resident Danette Brandy-Condon wrote, “I have lived here for over 30 years…. “President Obama, please protect the headwaters of several rivers for my grandchildren to enjoy.”
Nearby Williamsburg, West Virginia resident Cassandra Williams wrote, “Please, Mr. President, protect our land and ensure the future of our upcoming generations.”
The letters written at the event will be hand delivered to the White House by a West Virginia delegation within the next several weeks.
Door prizes were awarded including copies of Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber’s book “Pure Orange Sunshine”, stainless steel “Live Monumental” cups courtesy of Keen (the shoe company), and the grand prize of a Marmot daypack won by Brandon Richardson of Hillsboro.
The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument proposal seeks to protect the land so future generations of local citizens and visitors may enjoy the land in the same ways we do today; hunting, fishing, hiking, herb gathering, biking, cruising the Highland Scenic Highway while maintaining and enhancing the natural scenic beauty of our Yew Mountains.
Concerns about the Monument have been heard in Pocahontas County
Two 2013 letters from USFS Chief Tidwell to County Commission members address most concerns.
Summary of Forest Service Chief Tidwell’s Letters
The Monument will continue to be managed by the Forest Service
The underlying (current) forest management plan will be utilized for the Monument lands
The Monument will NOT lead to new fees.
School funding under Secure Rural Schools Act remains in place.
The Monument ensures the permanent viability of the attributes for which the Monument was designated: Birthplace of Rivers.
More Facts about the Monument Proposal
More jobs & higher incomes for communities close to new National Monuments. FACT!
7 National Monuments are managed by the US Forest Service. FACT!
Our proposal continues the traditional uses of hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, camping, herb & mushroom gathering. FACT!
All land in National Monument is currently, and has been government owned. FACT!
Cranberry Wilderness remains wilderness as part of Birthplace of Rivers NM. FACT!
Access to Birthplace of Rivers is free and you can go every day! FACT!
Birthplace of Rivers National Monument is a citizens led proposal supported by many Pocahontas County residents. FACT!