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Proposed 'Birthplace of Rivers National Monument' Discussed at WVU

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A national monument is defined as a piece of public land that has unique, ecological or historic significance.

There are currently no national monuments in the state of West Virginia, but one group is trying to change that.

Speakers from the Sierra Club and Down Stream Strategies met at Percival Hall on the West Virginia University campus Thursday evening to discuss the future preservation of the Cranberry Wilderness.

It's a piece of land in the Monongahela National Forest bordered to the North by the Williams River and to the South by the South Fork of the Cranberry River.

This piece of the Monongahela National Forest boasts broad mountaineers and slender, running valleys that team with animals and host an exceptional trail system that is as physically challenging, as it is minimally marked.

If the monument is to be placed, the benefits include environmental protection and an economic stimulus in areas that need diversification.

The proposed Birthplace of River National Monument is a grassroots initiative supported by sportsmen, conservationists, and ordinary West Virginians.

If you want to help make this place a National Monument, the speakers at the meeting suggested calling local representatives to support the Birthplace of the Rivers National Monument or visit the website.

Either Congress or the president can bestow a national monument designation.