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Hampshire Review - 4/17/13

Julie Landis - Review Staff

Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust Offers New Guide

The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust has developed a new guide to aid residens and visitors in exploring these rivers and the watershed.  The Cacapon and Lost River Valley Guide is the first resource of its kind for the watershed.  "Its the first map that shows the entire watershed and all of the recreation areas available there," assistand director of the Trust Kelly Watkinson said.   

The Guide can be used by anyone exporing the area.  It maps public river paddling and fishing access points, public recreational lands, hiking trails and major roads.  The resource also highlights natural and historic resources, gives important safety tips and information on local services, restaurants and stocked trout streams.  "It's a good resource for everyone, not just paddlers," Watkinson said.  

The guide was developed with feedback from landowners and community members through a series of public meetings.  Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan county planning departments, the Friends of the Cacapon River, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the National Parks Service Rails Trails and Conservation Assistance Program provided additional input on the Guide.  "It was about 6 to 8 months of gathering all of the information," Watkinson said.  Funding was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, blue moon fund, Friends of the Caapon and West Virginia's Stream Partners Program.  "It is our hope that this guide will not only foster stronger connections to the natural resources the Cacapon and Lost River watersehd has to offer but will help bolster tourism dollars for our local businesses," Watkinson said.  

To view the guide or doanload a copy visit  Waterproof guides are available for $10 each online or by calling Watkinson at 540-740-3083.


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