2018-01-24 / Letters

No logging in state parks

Dear Editor:

As threatened, a bill has been introduced in the West Virginia Legislator (SB270) to allow logging at all West Virginia State Parks. This includes Cacapon Resort and Berkeley Springs State Park. It would be a disaster for our local tourism industry.

What is the point in spending millions of dollars for improvements at Cacapon Resort in order to turn it into a logging camp? No one will want to visit Cacapon Resort in order to watch the logging trucks zoom by.

Furthermore, there is a reason parks are frequently located on mountain tops. It is to prevent flooding in the valleys, and to prevent sedimentation in the streams. Logging Cacapon Mountain will result in increased flooding in Berkeley Springs. Fewer trees means faster run-off, and more mud flowing into Warm Springs Run and the catch basins meant to slow the run-off. Warm Springs Run will become muddy instead of clear when it arrives in town. The catch basins will fill-up with sediment which will reduce the amount of water they can hold. After a few heavy rains, Berkeley Springs’ streets will fill with muddy water running off of Cacapon Mountain. Of course, there will not be any tourists left in town by then anyway with none of the scenic beauty here to draw them.

Tell State Senator Charles Trump and Delegate Daryl Cowles that logging on Cacapon Mountain is a disaster for the Berkeley Springs valley area. They must vote no on SB270 to prevent Berkeley Springs from becoming a flooded out ghost town.

Patricia Witt

Berkeley Springs

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