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Protect more wild places

January 6, 2008
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
As a West Virginia native who strongly values and enjoys the Wild and Wonderful aspects of our state, I feel strongly that we should do what we can to protect the wildest and most scenic places on our public lands.

The Monongahela National Forest contains some of these places and some, like Dolly Sods, Cranberry and Otter Creek, already enjoy the strong and lasting protection afforded by congressional wilderness designation. In contrast to the vast majority of lands on the national forest, they are off limits to logging, mining and road building and permanently protected for hunting, fishing and all sorts of outdoor recreation.

They are places where God’s handiwork is on display in its most pristine form. We are fortunate to have other places on the Mon that while they are unprotected, still qualify for this wilderness designation. Places like Seneca Creek, Roaring Plains, Dolly Sods, North and East Fork of Greenbrier are as wild and beautiful as a place can be. Wilderness designation will do nothing more than keep them that way for current and future generations to enjoy.

Having protected land in our state, even for folks here in Parkersburg and surrounding areas, adds greatly to our quality of life and makes our state the best place to call home.

Nate Parr, Vienna



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