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Land Trust raising funds to buy Canaan tract encompassing ‘Moon Rocks’ bike terrain

By RICK STEELHAMMER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sean Harris, left, of Cary, N.C., and Jeff Brown of Asheville, N.C., pedal across a section of Moon Rocks in West Virginia Land Trust’s planned Yellow Creek Preserve on the outskirts of Davis.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp)

DAVIS, W.Va.  — A 1.5-square-mile chunk of Canaan Valley encompassing the headwaters of Yellow Creek, a large cotton grass bog and the regionally famous Moon Rocks mountain bike terrain, will become the West Virginia Land Trust’s largest public preserve if a fundraising effort proves successful.

The property, formerly owned by the Vandalia Heritage Foundation, borders both the 16,613-acre Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the 2,500-acre state-owned Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area.

“It’s part of a large block of public land that will remain intact” with the purchase, said Ashton Berdine, the West Virginia Land Trust’s land program manager. “It’s a segment of one of the largest wetland complexes in the southern Appalachians.”

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