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Scenic area for sale

| Saturday, March 29, 2003

Many of my spring and summer weekends are spent traveling to the Cheat and Big Sandy rivers in West Virginia to kayak or hike. This area is one of the most beautiful scenic areas in our region. Steep slopes and endangered species bar logging and development of the land.

I was impressed that West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise had the vision to see how important this land is to future generations as a conservation and recreational resource.

Since last summer, Gov. Wise and West Virginia's Department of Natural Resources have been seriously negotiating with Allegheny Energy to purchase the 6,500 acres of the Cheat Canyon that it owns. I was surprised to find out last Saturday that Allegheny Energy has chosen to make it more difficult to do so by placing this property on the open market.

Allegheny Energy's decision could destroy this wonderful resource.

Neal Dana
Hempfield Township

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