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#1 smlobx

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Posted 29 December 2020 - 04:39 PM

Although it is not West of the Mississippi River I thought you may like to know about a new NP that is about to come to fruition.

 

The New River George, located in West Virginia is probably best known for the annual day the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic and people are allowed to bungee jump the gorge. This area has the best white water rafting East of the Mississippi with many Class III and IV rapids. The fishing is also outstanding!

 

You can read more about it here:

 

https://www.outsideo...new-river-gorge

 

 

So if you find yourself lost in the East consider checking out our newest NP!


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Posted 29 December 2020 - 04:42 PM

Good news! :)


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#3 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 29 December 2020 - 08:06 PM

Yes some good news out of DC.

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Posted 30 December 2020 - 12:40 AM

well whatdaya know! ...Happy New Year !


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 06:36 AM

Beautiful gorge, river and bridge.  What a visit, especially if you whitewater.


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 01:16 PM

I have been there a couple times! Lovely place :)


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 01:57 PM

Great rock climbing as well. I hope they continue to allow Bridge Day, I was there about 25 years ago and it is quite a show.


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 02:24 PM

Interesting.  I have mixed feelings as we "love our NP's to death" and with that status will come changes for usage.  I personally like the changes but I'm not sure everyone will.  Here in Idaho we had some wilderness that was debated on for a long time about NP status.  In the end it was decided to declare it as Wilderness.  If it had been declared a NP, a lot more people would have come and with that you get more usage, etc. and it loses some appeal.


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 02:37 PM

I lean your way Kncintyre... as with may things ...like in teaching... easier to come out strict at the start of the year and loosen up than start loose and try to pull in the reins... twice as hard.... So with a more strict policy to start and see how the crowds number then create  a plan. Ever see a new city park... new grass and pathways...then the folks come in and you can see where the herd wants to walk in the worn areas... that's where the paving should be. 


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 04:56 PM

I really enjoy the NP system to a point, however, the Feds can’t even keep up with what they are already responsible for, they close off areas, designate accessible land to wilderness or riparian areas, restrict visitors to paved paths or gravel trails and raise fees for something we already own. Turning over the campgrounds and concessions/vending over to private enterprises is another gripe I have...

I feel I could go on with a host of complaints regarding the management of the National Park system under the Department of Interior and the National Forest system under the charge of the Department of Agriculture, but will leave it at that.

 

Just my opinion about the matter


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