Standing high at West Virginia’s Cheat Canyon
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.
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.