CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Conservation groups have expressed concern with a bill that would allow logging in West Virginia State Parks.
Senate Bill 270 was introduced Monday at the request of Gov. Jim Justice. The action prompted conservation groups across the state to launch an effort to oppose lifting the more than 80-year ban on logging, forming a campaign to Save Our State Parks, dubbed “SOS Parks.”
“Our state park system is in distress,” said Jim Waggy, from the Kanawha Forest Coalition. “But opening them up to logging is worse than any maintenance backlog. We stand to degrade our Wild and Wonderful brand, and make people think twice about visiting our state parks. They come here for the beauty of the forests and outdoor recreation, not to hear chainsaws and dodge logging trucks.”
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