Events

Intro by Art at entrySEN. MANCHIN & INTERIOR SECRETARY HAALAND VISIT FORKS OF COAL

The Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center was the scene of a visit by Senator Joe Manchin and the U. S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. They were joined by the Regional Director of the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), local OSM staff, DNR Director Brett McMillion and DNR managers, and DEP officials from the Abandoned Mine Lands program.

Funding for the exhibits in the center was provided to the Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation (FOCF) by a grant of federal money from OSM through the DEP’s Abandoned Mine Lands office as part of their coalfields economic revitalization program. FOCF officer Art Shomo led the group on a tour of the center.

FIRST DAY HIKE IN THE RAIN

Our second annual First Day Hike was held on January 1 at 11:00 a.m. Due to the inclement weather and a small group we only did one hike, but it was fun despite the rain. Actually the rain let up for most of the hike, which was led by Art Shomo. Hikers visited the famous Roof Rock and learned about its geologic history, then followed the Big Coal River downstream through the woods to the site of the first permanent Girl Scout camp in Kanawha County, Camp Roof Rock. Back at the wildlife education center building the group was treated to refreshments of warm mulled cider, cookies and brownies.

It was fun to visit with familiar folks and meet some new ones, including a family from Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Happy New Year!

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