The berries are out in the Cranberry Glades! These bright red fruit are the most visible in the Fall. The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area protects the largest area of bogs in West Virginia, which are the home of the iconic Fall fruit.
Access to the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is from Route 39/150 just north of the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. From Route 150 take Forest Service Road 102 north approximately one mile.
Check out this travelouge from Brad Rice's Traveling WV for more information on the Glades and stay tuned for an in depth feature from Brad on the work to designate Birthplace of Rivers National Monument!
Faces of the Monument: Friends of the Monument
President Obama has created or expanded 25 national monuments so far, and locals are hopeful that Birthplace of Rivers could be next. The Friends of the Monument gathered at an event October 13 to write letters asking the President to designate Birthplace of Rivers before leaving office. Many people extolled the virtues of the area; “A source of water for so many and a forest full of life and beauty,” says one letter. West Virginia hospitality was on full display, with about half of the 40 letters containing an invitation for Mr. Obama to come on out to Pocahontas County. What do you say to that Mr. President?
Businesses for the Monument: Recreational Equipment Inc
The Patagonia shop within the store has a Birthplace of Rivers display, pictured left, where you can cast your vote for WV Rivers to receive a grant to keep fighting for the monument.
Check out the display at the grand opening party and read this great REI blog by Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling. Thanks REI!
Public Lands and Waters Photo Contest
Submit your photos of Birthplace of Rivers and win a free pair of KEEN shoes! Photos submitted by Oct. 31 will be eligible for the KEEN "Live Monumental" People's Choice Award, chosen at the WV Rivers Film Festival in Morgantown on Nov. 4. The winning photographer will receive a FREE pair of shoes from KEEN. Photograph must be taken within the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument boundaries.
The KEEN "Live Monumental" People's Choice Award is just one of our Public Lands and Waters Photo Contest awards. Learn more about submission deadlines for other great prizes and how your photos of West Virginia's public lands could win!
Buy One Get One Free Tickets to WV Rivers Film Festival!
WV Rivers Film Festival is Friday, Nov. 4 at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. Doors open at 6pm with live music with the Halftime String Band and films start at 7pm. Tickets are regularly priced at $12 online, but through midnight tonight, October 21, buy one ticket to the WV Rivers' Film Festival and get one FREE! Discount will be applied at checkout. Purchase your tickets!
The 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival features films that connect us with the Mountain State and celebrate our incredible landscapes, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities. Check out the trailer for one of this year's films, "Cold Waters", an award winning film on the devastating impacts warming waters can have on our aquatic ecosystems and how sportsmen and women can make a difference.
Cranberry Nature Center Closed for Season
On Sunday October 16th the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center closed for the season. This means that the snakes on exhibit, including rattlesnakes and copperheads, are returned to their natural dens to hibernate for the winter and caught again in the spring. And it means that you'll just have to wait until next April to brave the Mystery Box!
Birthplace of Rivers in the News
In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the Birthplace of Rivers.