Preserving the Monongahela

The Downstream Project has been following the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Youth Group as they study environmental stewardship and put our faith into action by actively supporting and advocating for more wilderness area’s in the Monongahela National Forest.

Every spring, our group takes a camping trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. We find the wilderness to be a place of spiritual renewal, spiritual deepening, and spiritual cleansing. It is our belief that God can be encountered in the wilderness in a way that could never be re-created in any other setting.

As a result of this group’s efforts and many others in the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition, the Omnibus Public Lands Act was passed in April of 2009.

Keep the wild in wild and wonderful West Virginia and protect these lands!! The youth of Shepherdstown Presbyterian pray earnestly that this will continue to happen.


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