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Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 20, 2024
Save our State Parks – Ask your two Senators to vote YES on Senator Stover’s Amendment to SB 688.
We need your help RIGHT NOW to protect our State Parks and Rail Trails. Please contact your two State Senators now - before the Senate meets on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11 am. More
Issues: LegislationState parks
Action Alerts WVEC June 6, 2023
Join the WV Sierra Club for a free picnic!
You're invited to the WV Sierra Club's Hike and Picnic in New River Gorge National Park on Saturday, June 10! Experience the wonders of West Virginia's natural beauty and connect with fellow nature lovers. More
Issues: EventState parks
Newsletter article WVEC May 12, 2023
Tell DNR What You Want in our State Parks!
Your emails and calls worked! The State rejected all three proposals for Cacapon State Park. Now, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wants your input about future development in our wild and wonderful State Parks and public lands.  Please take a few minutes and complete the survey. More
Issues: State parks
Newsletters WVEC May 12, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 10
Happy May! Now that the legislative session is over, we will be releasing a bi-monthly newsletter. Watch your inbox for updates on our upcoming campaigns, action alerts and more. Remember to check out our calendar for a comprehensive list of meetings and events. Stay engaged, and join us in making a difference! More
Issues: Climate changePollutionState parksWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition April 18, 2023
BREAKING: Cacapon Park Public Hearing Postponed!
Thank you for contacting the decision-makers about the proposed mega RV park and private club amenities. Because of your messages and other groups' actions across the state, the State Park system has POSTPONED the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, at 5 pm. Taking action makes a difference!  More
Issues: State parks
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition April 14, 2023
Urgent Action Needed: Protect Cacapon Park (Cancelled)
The State Park system is currently considering proposals to bring mega RV parks and private club facilities to Cacapon Resort State Park. These plans would bring 50 to 350 RV slots to mountainsides in the Park and will create high-end amenities not accessible to regular park visitors. More
Issues: State parks
Action Alerts Friends of Blackwater April 13, 2023
Rally to Protect Upper Cheat Headwaters
Stop the clearcuts. Stop the flooding. Join community members on Friday, April 21, for a rally to publicly demonstrate our support for protecting some of the last remaining mature and old-growth trees in the Monongahela National Forest! RSVP today! More
Issues: State parksWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 7, 2023
Calls Needed Today to Senate Outdoor Recreation Committee! Protect Our State Public Lands!
Our state public lands provide opportunities for peaceful and non-motorized recreation like hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and boating. Last week, Senate Outdoor Recreation Committee members considered amending SB 468 to allow off-road vehicles in ALL of our public lands, beyond the bill’s original intent, which was site specific to just Cabwaylingo State Forest. More
Issues: Outdoor recreationState parks
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Blog WVEC November 1, 2022
2023 Legislative Priorities
Community Solar - promote access to affordable renewable energy through a solar facility subscription service where customers can purchase an interest in a solar facility and use credits against their electric utility costs. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyRenewable energyState parksWater
Action Alerts WVEC September 7, 2022
Come To The Capitol To Protect Our Public Lands / Candidate Forum In Huntington
The WV Legislature is holding Interim Sessions and the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee meeting topic is “Presentations regarding use of off-road vehicles (ORVs) in state parks.” More
Issues: EventLegislationState parks
Newsletter article WVEC March 18, 2022
Recap of 2022 Legislative Session
Our biggest accomplishment during the session was helping defeat HB 2598, the aboveground storage tank bill. This year’s bill would have relaxed inspection requirements on oil and gas tanks located within zones of critical concern, which are 5 hours or less upstream of our drinking water intakes. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPLegislationState parks
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 8, 2022
Public Lands Privatization Bill on Senate Committee Agenda, TODAY at 3PM
A bill, HB 4408, is moving through the Legislature that expands and extends private leasing in all state parks and forests. Read our fact sheet. Private developers could build casinos, racetracks, amusement parks, ATV trails or similar developments on our state’s public lands. More
Issues: State parks
Legislative Updates WVEC March 4, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 8
Time has flown by! Today marks the 52nd day of the Legislative Session, leaving one final week between now and sine die. Thank you all for your support so far on all of our action alerts - we will keep you posted this final week with action alerts! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well for the latest. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyState parks
Newsletter article West Virginia Highlands Conservancy February 25, 2022
Off-Road Vehicle Recreation on West Virginia Public Lands
The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, in partnership with the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance’s (ABRA), has just released a new project page about the harmful effects of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs, aka Off-Highway Vehicles/OHVs) on our public lands. It is one of many projects on the Conservation Hub. The new project page contains detailed information on the negative effects to soil, plants, water, air, animals, etc., and also has a statewide interactive map that shows trails on public lands, sensitive habitats, slip potential on different soil types, and stream crossings. More
Issues: LegislationState parks
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition February 25, 2022
A Casino at Watoga State Park? NO! Act Now
HB 4408, will be on third reading in the House on Monday, February 28 and would expand and extend private leasing in all state parks and forests. Read our fact sheet. More
Issues: LegislationState parks
Legislative Updates WVEC February 25, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 7
Just two more weeks to go in the legislative session! A few of the bills we are following hit committee agendas and were voted on in both chambers this week. Monday was the last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Wednesday, March 2, is Crossover Day, the last day to consider bills on 3rd reading in their house of origin. March 12 is the last day of the session. More
Issues: Clean electionsState parks
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 24, 2022
Protect Our State Parks and Forests from Casinos, Racetracks, Amusement Parks, ATV Trails
Two bills are moving through the legislature that have similar provisions: to expand and extend the lease terms for private companies to develop and operate facilities and recreational activities for all of our state parks and forests. The bills give the Director of the WV Division of Natural Resources the sole authority to decide what kind of recreational activities and facilities can be developed by private companies on our state public lands, and can set those lease terms for a 50 year period. More
Issues: LegislationState parks
Newsletter article West Virginia Highlands Conservancy August 20, 2021
About the Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards Program
The Dolly Sods Wilderness and adjacent public lands have seen rapid and steady increases in visitation over the last several years, and this has been accelerated during the pandemic. More visitation inevitably leads to more impact, both to the natural lands and processes, and to the experience of wilderness. More
Issues: State parks
Newsletters WVEC August 20, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 12
Despite summer slowly coming to an end, there are many exciting events to look forward to. WV Environmental Council, WV Citizen Action Group, WV Climate Alliance and WV Highlands Conservancy are hosting events soon that will allow you to get involved and learn about our environment and how to protect it. Find more details in the articles below! More
Issues: EventJust transitionLegislationState parks
Newsletter article WVEC March 5, 2021
Update on Bills to Support
As we approach the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session there are a few bills we are supporting that are still pending in committees. SB30, sponsored by Senator Trump, which would permit third-party ownership of renewable and alternative energy generating facilities, is currently in the Senate Committee on Economic Development with a second reference to Senate Government Organization. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyPower purchase agreementsState parks
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