A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Strong partnerships are a cornerstone of the Department of the Interior's (DOI) work and mission, serving as on-the-ground illustrations of the Secretary of the Interior's commitment to communication, consultation, cooperation, all in the service of conservation. DOI bureaus welcome the myriad partners who share common goals and interests in conserving, using and enjoying the nation's natural resources.
DOI partnerships with local municipalities, private landowners, school groups, corporations and numerous other interests are important because many natural resources – water, fish, wildlife, for example -- do not recognize boundaries and jurisdictions. Additionally, funding and other resource shortages affect all levels of government and society. Partnering can avoid duplication of effort, provide for pooling of scarce resources, and promote coordinated, focused and consistent mutual efforts toward conservation and outdoor recreation successes. The bottom line? Partnering makes sense.
DOI bureaus are eager to explore public-private partnerships in recreation and natural resources management. Here's how you can get started: