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West Virginia state park logging bill dies in committee

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would have allowed logging in West Virginia’s state parks will not be brought out of committee, effectively killing the bill.

Requested by Gov. Jim Justice, the legislation would have authorized the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to log in state parks and sell the timber to pay for maintenance work.

Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, called the legislation “as dead as an old chestnut tree.”

“The governor’s bill would have granted legal authority to loggers to ‘manage’ timber in state parks. As we all know, however, these pristine areas have ‘managed’ themselves quite well long before the existence of bulldozers or chain saws,” Woelfel said in a statement. “The compelling testimony of former Watoga State Park Administrator Ken Caplinger before the Senate Natural Resources Committee likely extinguished the legislation’s potential for passage.”

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