By Chris Lawrence
March 2, 2022 – 2:34 pm
CHARELSTON, W.Va. — Nine economic and tourism development projects in West Virginia received funding Wednesday from the Abandoned Mine Lands grant funds.
Governor Jim Justice awarded the grants to the various projects which were evaluated by a team involving the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The AML Pilot Project helps with projects located on or adjacent to mine sites which ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act in 1977. Justice awarded a total of $24.7 Million .
The projects specifically included $1.5 Million to the West Virginia Rail Authority for the Elk River Trail Project. Deputy State Parks Chief Brett McMillon said it was a unique opportunity to help create another State Park and enhance what is expected to be a popular destination for hiking and biking.
See full story: Governor Justice announces AML grants
Elk River Rail Trail page at the West Virginia Rails-to-Trails Council web site