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National Park Service U.S.

Department of the Interior

New River Gorge National River

P. O. Box 246 104 Main Street Glen Jean, WV 25846 304-465-0508 phone 304-465-0591 fax

New River Gorge National River News Release


For Immediate Release Leah Perkowski-Sisk 304-465-2635

Youth Service Projects to Benefit the Park


More than 3500 Scouts will perform service projects at New River Gorge National River!

Glen Jean, West Virginia, June 25, 2013 - When scouts from all across the United States convene at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in July for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, they will have multiple opportunities to explore New River Gorge National River. Not only will scouts experience whitewater rafting and rock climbing in the park, they will also contribute to the recreational experiences of future park users through community service projects that they will perform. Service to others is a key element of Scouting. Each Jamboree participant will volunteer a day of their time to a designated youth service project outside the Summit boundaries. The Jamboree Day of Service activities will take place in 9 neighboring counties. Over the course of 5 days, (July 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23rd) more than 3500 scouts will be working on projects within the park. Crews comprised of scouts and NPS personnel will be working in the Terry area building a connector trail from the community of Terry to Terry Top that will ultimately connect with Beckley. At at the Brooklyn Miners Trail Connector, they will provide access for visitors from the Brooklyn Miners Trail to the Southside Junction Trail along the river. Near the community of Thurmond, they will construct trail from Rt. 25, near the existing Rend Trailhead, and up the Camp Creek drainage to the plateau. This section of trail will provide visitors access to favorable hunting areas in the park. On Friday, July 19th, mobility impaired scouts and their troops will work on accessibility projects at the Glade Creek Day Use Area and campground. Target projects for Glade Creek include expansion of the Hamlet Bridge for better fishing access, improving 550 feet of the Glade Creek Trail for easier accessibility, providing more user friendly parking and picnic accommodations and refurbishing an accessible campsite with a path to the comfort station. More than fifty maintenance employees at New River Gorge National River, consisting of both permanent and temporary employees, many from the local community will provide direction and oversight of the projects. Scouts will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with these NPS employees
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who will serve as teachers and mentors during the parks service projects. These employees will share their knowledge of the rich resources of the state of West Virginia and the park. Park staff will also provide informal education programs for the youth crews about the benefit of their work to the community and visitors and how the NPS protects the parks resources. This is an exciting opportunity for young people traveling across the country to provide service in the local National Park and return home to give their service to other parks and public land areas. About the National Park Service E X P E R IE N C E Y O U R A M E R IC A The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. For more information about the National Park Service, visit http://www.nps.gov.

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The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.