Nonprofit ‘buys the moon’

TUCKER COUNTY – After spending two years raising $800,000 through their “Buy the Moon” campaign, the West Virginia Land Trust purchased 860 acres in Tucker County on Aug. 29.

The property includes Moon Rocks, a rock formation that is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. With more than three miles of established trails, this preserve attracts people from the country.

“We see this as a legacy project,” said Brent Bailey, executive director for the land trust. “It’s an iconic property where we want to not only restore and preserve the unique natural features, but also ensure recreational opportunities, which are a major draw for people coming to the Davis, Thomas, and the Canaan Valley area.”

The property will be called Yellow Creek Preserve, named after a tributary of the Blackwater River that flows through the property. This preserve will be permanently protected by the Land Trust and open for public outdoor recreation use for future generations to enjoy.

The Yellow Creek Preserve also adjoins other public lands including the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area.

“People come here (Tucker County) for the trails and outdoor recreation, and that is why it’s important to have this area protected,” said Melissa Borowitz of Hellbender Burritos.

Those interested can learn more at www.BuyTheMoonWV.org.