Standing high at West Virginia’s Cheat Canyon

The scenic Cheat Canyon. Photo credit: Kent Mason

The scenic Cheat Canyon. Photo credit: Kent Mason

Dan Leahy stands with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at the Cheat Mountain dedication. Photo credit: USFWS/John Schmidt

Dan Leahy stands with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at the Cheat Canyon dedication. Photo credit: USFWS/John Schmidt

On Friday, Dan Leahy, a lands and development specialist for our Wildlife Sport Fish and Restoration Program, stood beside West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin as he formally recognized the establishment of the state’s newest protected natural area: Cheat Canyon. Leahy was also joined by local and state politicians, and representatives from The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, who all played critical roles in securing the 3,800 acres of remote canyon forest along the Cheat River.

The purchase and protection of this land is also a testament to the effectiveness of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Representatives from partnering agencies stand together to celebrate their accomplishment. Photo credit: USFWS/John Schmidt

Representatives from partnering agencies stand together to celebrate their accomplishment. Photo credit: USFWS/John Schmidt

Check out this post from earlier this year which highlighted and celebrated the incredible effort to protect this land and wildlife that depend on it for survival.

Visitors enjoying the majestic views of West Virginia's mountains at Cheat Canyon. Photo credit: USFWS/John Schmidt

Visitors enjoying the majestic views of West Virginia’s mountains at Cheat Canyon. Photo credit: USFWS/John Schmidt

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