FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (WV News) — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., unveiled new signage at the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve during a ceremony Tuesday.
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act — legislation to redesignate the New River Gorge National River as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve — was included in a year-end legislative package and was ultimately passed in December 2020 and signed into law.
This redesignation promotes the beauty and historical significance of the New River Gorge by making the site just the 63rd National Park and the 20th National Preserve in the United States, while ensuring that the longstanding traditions of hunting and fishing are protected for generations to come.
“I’m incredibly optimistic about the future benefits New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will bring to the region and the entire state of West Virginia,” Capito said.
“This is an incredible opportunity for to us to pass down a legacy to our kids, grandkids and generations to come — and I am incredibly proud to have worked with Sen. Capito to recognize one of our country’s most beautiful places with this new designation,” Manchin said.