Associated Press Published

Restoration Set for Damaged Park Land in New River Gorge

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.

The New River Gorge National River is restoring 28 miles of land in Fayette County that was used for illegal off-road vehicle trails.

Park spokeswoman Julena Campbell says in a news release that the work includes planting trees and using native seed mixes to restore vegetation.

Campbell says hunting, hiking, wildlife watching and other legal activities are unaffected by the restoration efforts. Pedestrian access and an improved parking area near Layland will be installed to allow legal access into the park by hunters and others.

Wetland areas also will be restored and natural drainages that were damaged by illegal off-road vehicle use will be re-established during the project.