McKinley Joins Sens. Manchin, Capito to Praise Investments in West Virginia's Public Lands
Investments made possible by the historic Great American Outdoors Act
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative David McKinley (R-WV), joined U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in announcing that West Virginia will receive funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for seven projects to address deferred maintenance in the Monongahela National Forest, improve infrastructure, increase user access and support rural economies. This funding was made available through the Great American Outdoors Act, which was introduced by Senator Manchin and cosponsored by Senator Capito and Representative McKinley. Enacted in 2020, the historic legislation provided $9.5 billion over 5 years in annual allotments to address the deferred maintenance backlog on our country’s public lands.
“Making investments that preserve the natural beauty of our state means visitors and West Virginians can enjoy outdoor recreation for years to come and supports the tourism industry in rural communities. This funding will ensure necessary repairs are made to the Dolly Sods Wilderness bridge ensuring public access to the Monongahela National Forest, and will enhance the campgrounds in the area, which means more visitors to our state and return trips year after year, growing our local economy and creating jobs,” said Representative McKinley.
“The Monongahela National Forest is a point of pride in our state,” Senator Capito said. “With over 900,000 acres stretching across 10 of our counties, the forest provides an incredibly unique adventure that attracts visitors from around the world. That’s why it’s so important that we do what we can to improve its infrastructure, facilitate additional recreation opportunities, and protect this distinctive stretch of mountains for years to come. This funding will support initiatives that repair bridges, hiking trails, and campgrounds, while also improving access to the forest and enhancing the experience it cultivates.”
To view a list of approved West Virginia deferred maintenance projects: