Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 50
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 50

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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8W-- Aug. 6, 1972 ^Sunday OMTMMM, The tuio articles on this page represent two basically different viewpoints concerning management of the sprawling Monongahela National Forest, which embraces close to one million acres in West Virginia. One article was written by David Francis, a coal official from Huntington, and the other was written by Mike Snyder, a blacksmith from Wymer, Randolph County, and a member of th« conservation group Allegheny Watch. Both were presented at recent hearings held by the V. S. Forest Service to consider letting aside certain area* of the Monongahela as "wild lands." Monongahela Forest: Develop or Protect? Preserve Forest in Natural State, Croup Recommends By Mike Snyder The Monongahela Nation Forest is the most singular! priceless national treasure wit in the state of West Virginia. West Virginia was once a Ian of pristine forests and sparklin streams. This fact lured th first mountaineers into this land. These early settlers wer treated as second-class citizen by the state of Virginia. The did not receive fair represents tion in regards to voting, taxa tion and public works, to nam but a few of a multitude abuses directed to them by their trans-mountain rulers. So it was that in 1863 thes mountaineers established state of their own. Our foundin fathers aspired to create a stat where its citizens would nil their own destines. But it was not to be. Before West Virginia was 5 years old, wealthy outside in --Staff Photo by Ferrell Friend dustrial interests were buying resulting in their construction gigantic tracts of land in th state's mountain counties. This land was purchased in innum berable cases from poorly edu cated mountaineers for a pitt ance. It has been recorded tha tracts of timber sold for les^ than $5 an acre, and in som OBSERVATION TOWER ATOP SPRUCE KNOB, STATE'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN Do Paved Roads to Such Beauty Spots Spoil Their Wilderness Charm? Develop and Use Forest Resources, Says Coal Official cases fJW s a c k s - f By David Francis I am speaking primarily as an individual citizen; however, I am an official of the Linan Smokeless Coal Co., with a mine located on Shavers Fork of Cheat River and the Williams River Coal Co. located on the Williams River--both located within the Monongahela National Forest. " May I respectfully suggest that the U. S. Forest Service and the public review carefully the present policies of the Forest Service regarding its stewardship to see if it is doing an adequate job of the servicing, care, and providing recreation for th» public who visits the national forest. May I divide my comments into two sections: 1. Proposed w i l d e r n e s s areas 2. National forest facilities Wilderness areas should be developed only if they are of such monumental attraction and unusualness either in geology, forest, flower, or wildlife that they should be preserved for future generations and for public information, education, and pleasure. In other words such an area should be considered as a museum. Everything should be kept in its native state but at the same time, it should be so designed and organized that the public who is interested in seeing this museum can properly do so. It sfiould not be re- who can walk miles into a remote area but rather the fores service should so organize its system of roads and trails tha people from all walks of life would have an opportunity with out hardship to view in'detai this museum. Careful planning by the foresl service and with the help ol local citizens can so organize access and egress that it woulc not disturb the museum pieces As a simple suggestion, parking and camping areas could be provided at the edge of such an area, then the forest service could build roads into the area that would be properly graded and landscaped and buses driven by battery or other means could be used to transport people on conducted daily tours, except during inclement weather, into points where they can admire those rare objects or animals that are being preserved for observation. More and more, there are larger groups of older people and young people who can only visit such areas under conducted auspices. * * * AT THE SAME time, the forest service should recognize that when or before timber becomes mature, it should be so cut in such areas that it does not become useless. In a similar manner, if there are other natural resources that can be quarried, ways, ex- stricted to the young and hardy resources uui can D | mined, or in other Quarter-Finals Scheduled Today In WVS Tennis Quarter-finals will be played today in the West Virginia State College Men's Open Tennis Tournament. The schedule and Saturday's results: Men's Slniln Lore d. Filbin, 6-1, 6-0; J. McJunkin d. B. Spencer, 6-2, 6-4; Rubin d. Tim Kaufman, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4; Casewell d. Muil- enburs, 6-1, 7-5; Skees d. Byard, 6-1, 6-1; Knapper d. Hawkins, 6-2, 6-1; Sines d. Dennerson, 6-0, 6-0; Lay d. Hoffman, 6-0, 6-0; Simpson d. Kenna, 6-3, 6-1; Tod Kaufman d. McGraw, 6-1, 6-2; K. FilDin d. Lore, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3; J. McJunkin d. Spencer, 6-0, 6-2; Whitlock d. Rubin, 6-3, 6-1; Deitz d. Casewell, 6-0, 6-0; Rollyson 6-2, 6-0; Pack 6-1; Chaves d. 6-2, 6-0; Ryan d. Verner, d. Reinkopfs, 6-3, 6-2. Sines 6. Knapper. 6-2, Gillesple, 1-6, 6-3, 7-4; Mollohan 0, Swart, 6-2, 6-2; Lay d. R. Filbin. 6-1. 7-5; Hillenbrand d. S. Barrett, 6-1, 6-1; Simpson d Bickley, default; Hattiangadi d. White. 6-0, 6-0. Men's Doubles Whitlcck-Pack d. Filbin-Filbin, 6-1, 7-6; Chaves-Reinkopfs d. Dennerson-R. Bar- tracted from the area, plans can be carefully made by the forest service so that such extraction can occur and at the same time, protect the basic purpose for the wilderness area. The forest service should not be over protective to the point where these facilities cannot be viewed and used by all. Concerning economics, many citizens strongly feel that it is impractical and uneconomical not to develop and use the natural resources to careful advantage in wildlife areas; but there are extremists who want to let mature timber fall and rot, forest fires burn, gypsy moths spread, leave minerals in the ground, restrict access and egress transportation to only the hardy or rugged hiker. The middle road is best, because even very few rugged hikers will penetrate very far beyond the edge acclaims this to be one of the great fishing streams in the east and is advertised to all comers' not only in West Virginia but throughout the entire east When a visitor arrives, he finds no place to stay and musl makeshift for himself. Acreage on both sides oi Shavers Fork has been completely timbered and there are CCC roads and timber roads traversing large parts of this area. The railroad cuts the entire acreage in half. However, no effort has been made to develop even the simplest of campsites or parking facilities r i · i rv*t "or vehicles, lets at all. There When are the no toi- fishing season is good, cars and trailers drive to the end of the road and uncomfortably makeshift for Jiemselves, and by necessity, eave a mess behind. This could be quickly rectified by the Forst Servicee through clearing of arking areas along the road, installation of basic facilities, such as campsites and parking areas for cars and trailers, running water, toilet facilities, garbage containers, fireplaces, and public tables. The forest service has stated t has no money for this type of o p e r a t i o n . However, user charges are expected and such developments can be made self- sufficient. There is no reason for the forest service to try and keep Shavers Fork restricted from the public. Also definite plans have been made for a medium-speed scenic highway to be built along the western ridge of Shavers Mountain, drop down across Shavers Fork and then up and along (he east side of the river going north. Plans must be made to anticipate the heavy demand of the public who will be driving through in large groups. They can be properly provided recreation if planning and action is implemented immediately. A somewhat parallel situation s in effect on 'the 50,000 acres along Williams River. However, here a partially paved and par tially graveled highway already runs all the way through the Williams River area. Along this entire highway there are no ad equate campsites and one sees trailer after trailer park« along the roadside with dus from the road covering them Adequate camping areas for the public could be easily develops far enough from the main highway so that dust and noise another would not penetrate. There are beautiful flat-wooded areas am clear running water flowing into the main river that it could be used for fishing ponds, swimming pools, etc. Here again, this area needs immediate planning and development for public use, WHEN TROUT F I S H I N G stops in mid-July on both rivers, there'is little or no recreation 'acilities for the public to enjoy n these areas. Water for swimming, ponds for fishing, horseback riding trails, walking trails, conducted wildlife studies can be easily and quickly developed, etc. None of these are present at this time. Here again, if the forest service is not inclined 'to carry out this type of program, it should work with local citizens and organizations to carry out this development. Frankly, the U. S. Forest Service has been so slow to develop large recreation areas in present acreage of the Monongahela National Forest that one questions their ability to take on new major challenges. Granted there are three or four exceptions to this such as the camp and picnic areas at Blue Bend but these simply, show what could be accomplished many times elsewhere in the forest. The above examples strongly indicate that there is a large area of omission of management responsibility by the forest service in its stewardship to the public. Rather the alternate attitude seems to prevail of leaving large areas as difficult or tough as possible to get into, camp there, and enjoy it. In addition to the virgin tim bers, these early land purchase usually included the minera rights under the ground. Few mountaineers realized they were signing away fortunes in coal that in a few years would be needed to stoke thi furnaces and power plants of the mightiest industrial nation in the world. In less than 50 years all of the virgin timber was gone and the land was burned--in some cases, as in the Davis area, for example, even the topsoil was burned to depths of up to 10 feet. THE S C E N E "is set for i n v a s i o n . Powerful coal companies, some belonging to giant conglomerates such as the Occidental Petroleum Co.-the California corporation which owns Island Creek Coal and the minerals rights to thousands of acres of the Monongahela National Forst--want the low sulphur Sewell coal that underlies much of the forest-particularly in the Shavers Forest watershed. One firm--Linan Smokeless Coal Co.--is prepared to start mining operations immediately along a much publicized fish- br-fun section of Shavers Fork. The firm's owners said he be- ieved strip mining should also be permitted within the forest and the resulting high walls and spoil banks turned into ski slopes: Approval has also been given o bisect the forest from north o south with a highly controversial scenic highway, while at the same time the forest be cut hrough from east to west with an Appalachian corridor highway. The Monongahela National Forest has been compared to a giant pie, with everyone wanting his share and the highway interests and their political allies in Washington eager to slash their way through. In recent years, extensive promotional and financial efforts have been directed to develop ing tourism in the area. If such coal mining is permit ted in the forest along already acidic streams such as Shaver Fork, and strip mining is continued with the proclamation boundaries as at Rich Mountain and if the most beautiful valley, are covered with asphalt am others flooded as in the case o the Rowlesburg and, Canaan Valley dams, what then do we have left? We will have left the ghost of a magnificent wilderness tha once destroyed can never be brought back--not even by the mightiest and most "progressive" nation on earth. And so we must decide which direction we must choose. * * * THE ALLEGHENY WATCH wishes to go on record as \ng the north-south scenic way through the forest and the Appalachian Corridor H highway. The ensuing devastation will be too great for the land and its watersheds to withstand. The Allegheny wild areas with primitive designation, if not in name then in act, for the following areas. We ask that these areas not be disturbed by any roads, motor- powered vehicles of any sort, and no timbering, mining, contraction, grazing or utilities be permitted to disturb them in any fashion for all time. These ireas are: ·-Cranberry Back Country. I^Dolly Sods. ·-Otter Creek. Scneca Creek. We feel that the entire wat- rsheds of the last two areas hpuld be included in the boundaries of the newly created primitive areas. Further, there- should also be revisions to cover any other reas within the forest that the eople of West Virginia and the ^nited States wish'to grant primitive status and protection. We also recommend that no unting be permitted in these reas and that all should be esignated as sanctuaries for K black bear. The mineral rights -for these our areas where owned by pri- ate interests should be pur- lased by the United States overnment at the original pur- lase price plus an annual in- erest compiled at the current andard based on the average the rates used by all West irginia banks. Seneca Creek should be desig- ated a quality fly-fishing-only (ream in recognition of the fact such a small stream will be estroyed by increased pressures of large numbers of an- ers. All streams that are stocked ithin the forest should be osed for one-half mile up and ownstream from the stocking oint for whatever period of jme necessary for fish to as- unilate into the stream. This e feel is vital to insure angling easure for all people all year nd not just the few who follow e hatchery truck. All streams that have a pre- minately native trout popula- on should be.closed through awning season in order to prevent the extermination of said indigenous trout populations. WE ARE ALSO strongly opposed to the paving of roads to n u m e r o u s publicized beauty spots within the forest such as Spruce Knob and the Falls of Cheat; and similar locales in order that visitors traveling to them will experience as close to a wilderness experience as possible. We would like to comment the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources for its work in neutralizing acidic water conditions at through the use Otter Creek of revolving limestone drums. We encourage such projects and urge their application elsewhere. We feel that all open coal mines in the forest draining add into streams should be sealed in the best possible manner. We also urge the complete restoration of all orphan strip mines to the original slope con- our where such sites occur. For the record we would also ike to express our opposition to clear-cutting by any name or method. It is the position of the Alle- ;heny Watch that the natural «auty of the Monongahela Na- ional Forest is its greatest asset and we pledge to work toward preserving the forest in as close to a wilderness state as possible. It is our belief that Montani Semper Liberi must exist as a way of life and not as just a lollow slogan. YOU CAN GO CADILLAC NiVERACAIN WILL YOU IE ABLE TOIUYAM1W CADILLAC FOR LESS MONEY. · BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE! , · WENEEDfOODME-OWNEICm --SO-- · TOP NICES FOR YOUR MISENTCM! 5 7, NEW CADILLACS CADILLACS DEMONSTRATORS 'ft CO. OFFICIALS CARS YOU CAN DEAL WITH JAY DUNIVAN NEW CAR SHOWROOM 1311 VIRGINIA ST. E. PH. 342-0127 TOWMOTOR COMES TO YOU. To keep your Towmotor lift trucks running at maximum efficiency, ask us about Preventive Maintenance service. 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Byard-Barr, 6-2, 6-0; Rollvson-Rubln d. Muilenburg-Swart, 6-2, 6-1; Rv«n-Hattangadi d. Kenna-Holden, 6-2. 6-1; Lav-Heindl d. Gillespie- Burati, 6-2. 6-2. Today's Schedule 1:30 o.m.-- J. McJunkin vs. DM Whlt- Ixk; R. Deitz vs. R. Rollvson; D. Ryan vs. Skees; R. Pack vs. J. Sines; A. Simpson vs. G. R. Hattianqadi. 3:30-- Chaves vs. Mollohan. 4-- Kaufman-Kaufman vs. Heindl-Lay; Rcllvson-Rubin vs. Rvan-Hattianaadi. 5:30-- Tod Kaufman vs. K. Filbin; . Oiaves-Reinkoofs vs. Whitlock-Pack; junkin-McJunkin vs. Skees-Sines. Mc- WVU Football Guide Offered MORGANTOWN-- Advance orders from fans are now being i accepted for "West Virginia,! However, the great majority of our citizens are excluded unless proper roads are built and transportation provided. May I comment on this using my experience in the national forest on Shavers Fork and Williams River. However, certain of the points I will make can be generalized upon based on available statistics of other areas in the Monongahela National Forest. These two large acreages are widely advertising for outstanding trout fishing and game hunting, and the public comes to each area by the thousands. 1972," the official football press guide for the upcoming season. The 72-page booklet will feature facts, figures and pictures of the Mountaineers. a "do little or nothing" policy towards providing camping and recreational facilities for! these sportsmen and their fami- 1 ^ es - A ^ ar ^ an ^ ''sen'd'orders"toTthletic Public- ! shouW °e taken by ity Office West Virginia Univer-1 service concerning sity. P. 0. Box 877, Morgan* nothing" policy, town. W. Va. 26505. Price is $2 In the 30,000 which includes postage and han- new look I the forest this "do acres of t.he $ See Charles E. King for "KING-SIZE" loans up to 10,000 Now you can buy the things you want and need. Now you can lump your old bills together and pay them off with a king-size loan--from us. 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