Nine economic and tourism development projects in West Virginia received funding recently from the Abandoned Mine Lands grant funds.
Governor Jim Justice awarded $24.7 million in grants in the various projects which were evaluated by a team involving the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
The projects specifically included $1.5 Million to the West Virginia Rail Authority for the Elk River Trail Project. Deputy State Parks Chief Brett McMillon said it was a unique opportunity to help create another State Park and enhance what is expected to be a popular destination for hiking and biking.
“This could potentially be the largest rail-trail we have in West Virginia. It’s going to run close to $11 Million so this will certainly be a huge impact toward the purchase of the next couple of sections,” McMillon explained.