New River Gorge redesign bill set

FAYETTEVILLE — A public meeting was held on a bill to redesignate the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

The redesignation was sought because rebranding as a national park increases visitation without raising costs. It says visitation increases due to the assumption that national parks provide high-quality recreation experiences. The bill would redesignate up to 6,000 acres of the federal land’s 72,808 acres as a national park competent, where hunting wouldn’t be allowed. Hunting would still be allowed in the national preserve component.