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Trump administration moves that could undermine the naming of national monuments might affect West Virginia's push for a Birthplace of Rivers monument. (Samuel Taylor/Birthplace of Rivers)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginians are likely to react with suspicion to Trump administration moves toward rolling back the national monuments named by his predecessors, according to a local conservation group. In an unprecedented step, the White House and U.S. Interior Department have anno

Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, says ordinary folks are going to have to get involved if they want lawmakers to protect water quality. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Community groups are harshly criticizing legislation they say would hurt West Virginia streams and drinking water, and they feel ordinary residents are being left out of the legislative process. Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, say

Tourists bike on the Williams River Road after flood damage repairs. Supporters of a new Birthplace of Rivers National Monument say it should help the area recover from this summer's storms. (Matt Kearns)

RICHWOOD, W. Va. – A new Birthplace of Rivers National Monument could help Richwood recover from this summer's devastating floods, according to local officials. Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber said it's difficult for the city council and the local chamber of commerce to focus on much beyond i

Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns traveled the length of the Elk River. They say protecting it will be good for West Virginia's future. (Chad Cordell)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As West Virginians consider their future, some say the Elk River runs right through it. In part to build support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns hiked, biked and paddled the entire Elk River in what they called the Elkspedition

Supporters say a Birthplace of Rivers National Monument - including the Cranberry Glades - would mean more jobs at a time when West Virginia needs them. (Mike Costello)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A Birthplace of Rivers National Monument could boost tourism and help the state replace losses in the coal and gas industries, according to supporters. As West Virginia wrestles with the fallout of declines in fossil-fuel prices, folks such as Gil Willis, vice president of the

Conservationists say a steady funding source for the Land and Water Conservation Fund will help protect areas like the New River Gorge. (M. Ahmed/West Virginia Rivers Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - An important conservation fund, which had been threatened in Congress, is one step closer to permanent funding. For the first time, a dedicated money source for the Land and Water Conservation Fund has made it into legislation that passed the U.S. Senate. Angie Rosser, executi

Backers have high hopes for the economic impact of a proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument for eastern West Virginia. (BirthplaceofRivers.org)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Economic research is lending support to folks backing a new Birthplace of Rivers National Monument in eastern West Virginia. A report from the group Small Business Majority found national monuments contributed more than $150 million a year to local economies. A previous study

Conservationists want national monument status for the Birthplace of Rivers wilderness in eastern West Virginia. (Live Monumental campaign)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Birthplace of Rivers in the eastern West Virginia mountains would become the next national monument if a coalition of conservationists has its way. The 120,000 acres of highlands includes the existing Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, and contains the

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