WV Gov. Bob Wise
"While some states are closing state parks, West Virginia continues to build one of the best state park systems in the nation. This initiative shows a great commitment on the part of the Governor to the state as a whole and to future generations specifically." - Paul Pritchard, NPT President
January 11, 2001
Washington D.C. - The National Park Trust congratulated Governor Bob Wise of West Virginia for his efforts to expand the world-renowned Blackwater Falls State Park.
The acquisition was announced during the Governor's State of the State address. The state is acquiring 500 acres of land that are adjacent to the eastern boundary of the park. The land is currently owned by The West Virginia Allegany Power Company.
The land, which includes more than a mile of the Blackwater River, extends from the Southeastern corner of the corporate limits of the Town of Davis. The acquisition will take place over two years. The state is purchasing 250 acres and the Allegany Power Company is donating 250 acres. All 500 acres will be under state protection.
"While some states are closing state parks, West Virginia continues to build one of the best state park systems in the nation, "said Paul C. Pritchard, President of NPT. "This initiative shows a great commitment on the part of the Governor to the state as a whole and to future generations specifically."
The park has been identified as having "national significance," according to the National Park Service. NPT was approached by the Friends of Blackwater Canyon and assisted them in 2000 with an education grant. This year, NPT again supported the Friend's "Save the Blackwater Canyon Campaign." NPT visited with citizens and other officials and suggested that this parcel be purchased.
Judy Rodd, Director of the Friends of Blackwater Canyon, said NPT has "always been there for us, supporting our National Park Campaign, pointing out threats to the current state park in the Canyon and helping us educate citizens about the unique Blackwater Canyon..."Their" advice has been invaluable."
"We all appreciate the cooperation of Allegheny Power which sold and donated the land to the state. The company helped create the park. They could have developed the land but they have been instrumental in preserving the park and the new national wildlife refuge near the park. We need more farsighted companies like Allegheny," said Pritchard.
The National Park Trust is the only land conservancy uniquely dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife refuges, and historic monuments. To learn more about Blackwater Falls State Park or any of our other projects please contact us at (202) 548-0500 or visit us online at www.parktrust.org.
Robin E. Pritchard
Founded in 1983, National Park Trust is the only land conservancy dedicated to preserving our national system of parks, wildlife and historic monuments.
Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.
Buddy Bison School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids
The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).
This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.