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Friends of the Cheat receive $1.1 million


Friends of the Cheat has been awarded $1.1 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission on behalf of the Mountaineer Trail Network Recreation Authority.

Friends of the Cheat is a nonprofit watershed group working to restore the Cheat River. The goal of this project is to formally launch the Mountaineer Trail Network “as a collection of the best non-motorized trails in the eastern United States for bikes and boats,” a Friends of Cheat press release states.

Friends of the Cheat and its partners will solidify the newly established Mountaineer Trail Network Recreation Authority, an economic development authority created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2019 to oversee the creation, launch, and operation of the Mountaineer Trail Network.

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