The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

November 29, 2012

Our Readers Speak - Thursday, November 29, 2012


Stop complaining, how about helping?

Just like to respond to the reader from Nov. 18, 2012. First, I’d like to say that Sandy has done a lot of damage not only at Little Beaver but all across are state. Trails all over have trees down and debris all over them.

Little Beaver only has three full-time employees, the rest (summer) temp help. One of them goes to other parks from time to time. So that only leaves one superintendent and one maintenance person to clean up at the park. Around this time, they all take vacation days because it is the off-season for them.

So far as a chainsaw crew, there is none, no money in the Little Beaver tiny budget for them  just a chainsaw/maintenance guy. The trucks they are driving they needed; the ones they used to have were worn out. The truck they got is what the park system sent.

As far as you having to leave, that is the rule. Park gate closes at 10 p.m. in the summer; in the winter after closing you can park outside of the gate or on the hill above the lake and still fish; they won’t tell you to leave.

I’m the president of a cycling club. I and others take care of the 20+ miles of trails for the last 12 or 13 years, built bridges, installed signs, clean the trails, put up markers on trees, made the trail map, made new trails — on a volunteer basis. No pay, just a lot of work. We average 100-150 hours a year doing this and I would say more than that because people do things that I’m not aware of.

This year with two bad storms, so far 177 man hours of work has been done at Little Beaver, maybe more. We have started clearing trees and debris and will work on them until the weather gets bad.

So instead of complaining, how about helping? We would love to have more people give us a hand. That way we would have more time to ride our bikes and enjoy the beauty of Little Beaver State Park.

Gary Morefield


Raleigh County Cycle Club


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