Senate Bill 270 proposes to allow logging in West Virginia State Parks

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Senate Bill 270, it's a big conversation about allowing logging in state parks. One side says it can help make these parks flourish, while the other says to leave them alone.

"I don't see any advantage to it. I think it would drive away visitors and you would lose money" says Executive Director for the environmental conservation organization, Friends of Blackwater Judy Rodd.

Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso says he signed onto this governor proposed bill, but that doesn't mean he has to support it.

"I sort of lean towards the idea that our state forests are one of our most beautiful assets. They should stay as pristine as they need to be" says Sen. Prezioso.

Other senators can see the potential for the bill to be beneficial.

"If the DNR [Division of Natural Resources] comes out and says 'definitely, we need to do this,' or if forestry people say they need to do it, than it might garnish some support and I might be willing to support it" says Senator of the 2nd Senatorial District Charles Clement.

Conservation activist says that just letting these trees grow, is what state parks are there for.

"Parks are one of the few places where trees are just allowed to grow into older growth and that really supports a lot of wildlife, unusual wildlife" says Rodd.

Not only do these parks protect unique animals, but they bring in tourists and no one wants to see them go.

"Many people who come into West Virginia who camp at our state parks, they vacation there on a regular basis and just enjoy the tremendous beauty" says Sen. Prezioso.

Senate Bill 270 still has a lot of defining to do, but Senator Clements says that the good of West Virginia always comes first.

"It has to be for the good of the park and the good of the people" says Sen. Clements.

If you want to read more about the bill, here is the link to Senate Bill 270:

http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Text_HTML/2018_SESSIONS/RS/bills/SB270%20INTR.pdf