Greenbrier River Trail advocates push for restoration

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Frustrated with the deliberate pace of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a complete lack of response thus far from the West Virginia National Guard, supporters of the Greenbrier River Trail turned out in force Monday evening, asking for assurances before raising private funds to jump-start the restoration of a section of trail buried underneath tons of debris by last month’s deadly flood.

“The offers of private funding have been mind-boggling,” said Lewisburg attorney Christine B. Stump, one of the individuals behind the “Heal the Greenbrier River Trail” Facebook page which has been collecting comments and promises of assistance.

Although 80 percent of the trail is open, according to trail superintendent Jody Spencer, the portion that cannot safely be opened to the public due to a massive mudslide is the most-used section…

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