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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: April 8, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Sam England, Supt. Stonewall Resort State Park, 304-269-0524 samuel.a.england@wv.gov


Global gathering of professional trail builders provides new trails and sound development education at Stonewall Resort State Park

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County has received a number of improvements during the past week, thanks to nearly 300 people who attended a global gathering for professional trail builders.

Seven countries and 44 U.S. states sent 286 representatives to the Professional Trail Builder Association conference, a six-day, hands-on working and instruction event held at Stonewall Resort March 31-April 5. Saturday, April 5, was a volunteer work and training day that involved planning, building and improving recreation trails.

The group constructed several hundred feet of new trails, a boardwalk over a wet area and performed rehabilitation of other areas at the Lewis County destination. The construction and rehabilitation projects were both training for attendees and needed improvements on the park. 

"Trails are an important tourism focus," said Sam England, Stonewall superintendent and one of 10 West Virginia state parks superintendents who also attended the conference. "Trails also provide access areas for physical activity such as hiking and biking. Maintaining trails preserves habitat from overuse, and development of trails creates interest in exploring woodland, fields and stream areas. This conference and the practical application of what participants learned in the classroom were important learning experiences for everyone involved."

West Virginia's state park system maintains more than 800 miles of hiking and biking trails, the Greenbrier River Trail and North Bend Rail Trail. State parks and forests often rely on volunteer groups and organizations for labor assistance and some funding support.

Funding for materials for this Professional Trail Builder Association conference came from local sources, the material manufacturers, the Stonewall Foundation and a Department of Highways Recreation Trails Program Grant

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Nearly 300 people from seven countries and 44 states got some hands-on experience with planning and building trails during the Professional Trail Builder Association conference held recently at Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston, W.Va.
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Nearly 300 people from seven countries and 44 states got some hands-on experience with planning and building trails during the Professional Trail Builder Association conference held recently at Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston, W.Va.