Quick Updates from WVEC and Member Groups!

Earth Day Tree Planting: WVEC was proud to plant trees in honor of Linda Frame and her outstanding service as WVEC Board President at the Earth Day Tree Planting event hosted and organized by The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia. TNC and the many volunteers who helped with the effort planted approximately 7,000 trees to help reforestation efforts in Canaan Valley.

Watershed Celebration Day: The Greenbrier River Watershed Association (GRWA) hosted its annual Watershed Celebration Day in honor of Earth Day at Lost World Caverns on April 20. The event showcased rain barrels painted by students from Rainelle & Crichton Elementary, Rupert Elementary, Greenbrier East and West Middle Schools. It also highlighted the water quality project being conducted by GRWA in collaboration with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Learn more about the water quality project and other news from GRWA here.

Make It Shine Trash Cleanup: On Sunday, April 21, about 16 people gathered at Stillwell Park in Marlinton for a #WVMakeItShine trash cleanup. The Greenbrier River offered beautiful scenery for walking along the Greenbrier River Rail Trail in preparation for the Greenbrier River Trail Marathon. Many folks left the event with half-filled trash bags- a wonderful sign of how well our communities care for recreational assets such as our rail trails. Thanks to everyone who participated in Make It Shine events all across West Virginia!

Litter Clean Up in Madison: Robert Miller, an instructor with the Boone Career and Technical Center (BCTC), whom WVEC met when he brought students to participate in E-Day 2024, invited WVEC to help with the BCTC-sponsored litter clean up in Madison, WV on May 3, along the Little Coal River and the nearby railroad tracks. The event involved over 100 students from Boone and other WV Career and Technical Centers – a testament to students’ care, commitment and concern for their community!

National Park Advocacy Week: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the leading nonpartisan voice on behalf of our national park system’s most significant lands and landmarks, led volunteer park advocates from all across the country in meetings with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C. during National Park Advocacy Week in April. Samantha Nygaard, the Charleston-based West Virginia Program Manager at NPCA, was joined by Mike Jones from West Virginia Rivers, along with Kate Armentrout and Brandon Mehlinger from Active Southern West Virginia, for meetings with West Virginia congressional offices to discuss park funding and other national park legislative issues. Learn more about how national park advocates push for action on Capitol Hill here

Save the Date: Don’t miss a chance to meet our members and member groups! The West Virginia Environmental Council will host its annual meeting September 13-15, 2024, at Tygart Lake State Park in Grafton, WV. Registration will open soon.

Mark your Calendars: Please join us for Environmental Day (E-Day!), a day of citizen advocacy, at the WV State Capitol on March 17, 2025! E-Day offers a unique chance for environmental organizations and community members to connect, showcase their work, and engage with policymakers. Registration will open in the Fall!

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