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The Nature Conservancy celebrating 50 years in West Virginia

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

The Nature Conservancy, celebrating its 50th year of protecting land and water in West Virginia, wants to make it easier than ever this summer for travelers to enjoy the Appalachian Mountains.

The Conservancy is urging everyone who loves the Mountain State to take advantage of a sweepstakes, a train ride, our online travel guide, and other opportunities to spend some time enjoying West Virginia, where we have protected more than 120,000 acres since 1963.

Adventurous travelers who enjoy high-flying fun will want to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a tree canopy tour and overnight cabin stay in the beautiful New River Gorge region of West Virginia. Zip-line and traverse “sky” bridges through lush forest and then relax in a private, deluxe cabin in the breathtaking New River Gorge region of West Virginia, both courtesy of Adventures on the Gorge.

There is no purchase or donation is necessary to win. Just visit nature.org/adventuresonthegorge to enter. Entries will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

In June, landscape and nature photographers Kent Mason and Clayton Spangler will lead nature photography workshops at two Conservancy project areas – our Bear Rocks Preserve on June 15-16 and the New River Gorge area on June 29. Space is limited and registration is required. Go to our 50th Anniversary events page or contact Amy Martin at (304) 637-0160 x116 or amartin@tnc.org for detailed information and to register.

On Sept. 7, join the Conservancy for a Golden Anniversary nature train ride from Elkins aboard the Cheat Mountain Salamander. This nine-hour ride into the high country spruce forests of Cheat Mountain will feature Rodney Bartgis, state director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, who will highlight area natural history for passengers. Named in honor of the endangered creature, the Cheat Mountain Salamander train winds through some of the wildest mountains of West Virginia. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call 1-877-686-7245 to make your reservation. Receive a $5 discount by providing the following code to the reservations agent: NC-SPRUCE-0160.

Cheat Mountain is just one of the Top 10 travel destinations in West Virginia that have been protected with the help of The Nature Conservancy. The New River Gorge, the Gauley Canyon and the Canaan Valley are among the many wild places we’ve helped to protect during our 50 years of conservation. Rugged mountains, vast forests and clean rivers offer travelers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure, or perhaps just a bit of solace in a busy world.

These places are capture in the Conservancy’s new online “West Virginia Travel Guide” which you can find at nature.org/wvtravelguide.

You can find more about The Nature Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary opportunities at nature.org/westvirginia.