WASHINGTON (WV News) — Members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation have joined a group of regional lawmakers to introduce legislation to ensure the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Federal Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the park.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., each released statements Monday in support of extending the commission.

“The C&O Canal has a rich history of facilitating the transportation of goods between West Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Today, its trails serve as a gateway, bringing tourists to places like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. I cosponsored the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission Extension Act because it is important to continue to give West Virginia a seat at the table when it comes to enhancing the visitor experience and safety along this historic canal,” Capito said.

“The C&O Canal National Historical Park is one of six national park units in West Virginia, and the park’s Federal Advisory Commission has a long history of working with the communities the canal passes through to ensure that all Americans can enjoy this beautiful piece of our nation’s history. More people are visiting America’s national parks than ever before. This reauthorization legislation will ensure that the C&O Canal continues to have essential input from our communities,” Manchin said.

“West Virginia features a bevy of wonderful outdoor activities.

Along its 184.5-mile route, the Chesapeake and Ohio National Canal National Historical Park passes alongside many beautiful West Virginia communities,” Mooney said. “The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Advisory Commission is best suited to ensure this wonderful park remains a top destination for my constituents and visitors alike.”