Lansing, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland touted recent investments in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center.
“Today I was honored to show my friend Secretary Haaland the newest National Park and Preserve right here in West Virginia,” Chairman Manchin said. “Whether it’s whitewater rafting on the New River, hiking the challenging and scenic trails in Grandview, sightseeing through the historical town of Thurmond, or exploring the unique botanical ecosystems in Sandstone Falls, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve showcases the West Virginia spirit and way of life. The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve has received more than $4.8 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Great American Outdoors Act in recent years, which has created a beautiful recreation area for West Virginians and our visitors to enjoy for generations to come.”
As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Manchin fought to re-designate the area as a National Park and Preserve in 2020 and continues to advocate for the resources it deserves. Last year, Senator Manchin’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocated $3.3 million for repairs and improvements at the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. This March, Senator Manchin secured an additional $1.5 million for the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Trail Connectivity Project, which will fund the construction of multi-use trails in Fayette County.
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