The disheartening news:
Final funding comes through for land purchase on Brumley Mountain, creating region's first state forestLook. I know Brad's heart is in the right place. But those "future generations" of Dickenson and Buchanan and Lee and Wise and Tazewell and Russell and Scott and Washington County natives who are going to appreciate the ownership of this mountain have all moved to D.C. to find work.
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald-Courier
Abingdon – Southwest Virginia will soon have its own state forest.
The final funding came through Wednesday for the Virginia Department of Forestry’s purchase of a 4,800-acre tract of land on Brumley Mountain, where the region’s first state forest will be created.
"The protection of Brumley Mountain is part of kind of a larger conservation effort on Clinch Mountain," said Brad Kreps, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Clinch Valley Program.
"It’s one of the best examples of a bunch of organizations working together and working with landowners to create a large network of conservation lands that will protect the beauty of Clinch Mountain and the wildlife resources on Clinch Mountain for future generations." (link)
$4 million of taxpayer money was spent to buy a mountain. One of at least 200 we have here in Southwest Virginia that are becoming ever-more pristine as the population of Southwest Virginia makes the migration north in search of gainful employment.
How many jobs can you buy for $4 million? It seems we'll never know.
But, by God, we have us a mountain. Remind me to tell my future generations. Via email.