Managing a Non-Traditional River Park

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					 New River Gorge National River
  West Virginia GIS Conference
  2004

GIS activities at
New River Gorge National River




By Andrew Steel
New River Gorge National River


         Background

• New River Gorge
  National River
  (NERI) established
  in 1978 to preserve
  and protect 53 miles
  of the free-flowing
  New River in West
  Virginia                         Grandview Overlook

• GARI/BLUE added in 1988          New River Gorge National River


• NERI/GARI/BLUE total approximately 88,000 acres
 New River Gorge National River


  Our Enabling Legislation


• “For the purpose of conserving and
  interpreting outstanding natural, scenic, and
  historic values and objects in and around the
  New River Gorge and preserving as a free-
  flowing stream an important segment of the
  New River in West Virginia for the benefit and
  enjoyment of present and future generations,
  the Secretary shall establish and administer the
  New River Gorge National River.”
New River Gorge National River


              Statistics for New River Gorge


 • 72,189 acres
 • 51,469 acres in federal ownership
 • 3,587 acres within state parks
 • 162 acres within scenic easement
 • 184 miles of boundary
 • 339 miles of property lines
Bluestone National Scenic River
Bluestone National Scenic River
New River Gorge National River


                    Statistics for Bluestone


  • 4,336 acres
  • 3,055 acres in federal ownership
  • 1,238 acres within state parks
  • 29.5 miles of boundary
Gauley River National Recreation Area
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area


                    Statistics for Gauley


 • 11,507 acres
 • 4,309 acres in federal ownership
 • 66 miles of boundary
 • 76 miles of property lines
New River Gorge National River




    • Visitation to
      three park
      areas average
      over 1.5 million


                                 Canyon Rim Visitor Center
                                 New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge National River




   Visitor Use

     Thousands of
     whitewater
     enthusiasts come to
     enjoy the
     excitement…
   • 145,000 New River           Whitewater Rafting
                                 New River Gorge National River


   • 62,600 Gauley River
New River Gorge National River




   Visitor Use

      ….rock climbers
      come from around
      the world .….over
      1600 named routes
      both traditional and
      sport climbs rated
      5.6- 5.14
                                 Climber at Bridge Buttress
                                 New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge National River




   Visitor Use

      ….base jumpers
      come from around
      the world to attend
      the annual Bridge
      Day….this past year
      over 125,000 people
      attended

                                 Taking the Leap on Bridge Day
                                 New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge National River


Resources we manage at New River:

   • Forested Lands              • Rare & Endangered
   • Agricultural Lands            Animals
   • Archaeological sites        • Geologic Resources
   • Historic structures         • Ecological Integrity
   • Water Resources             • Biological Diversity
   • Rare & Endangered           • Aquatic plants and
     Plants                        animals
   • Historical                  • Cultural Sites
     Landscapes
   • Recreation
New River Gorge National River


Forested Lands
                 New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge National River


Agricultural Lands
                      Historic Ballard Farm
New River Gorge National River


Archaeological Sites
New River Gorge National River


Historic Structures
New River Gorge National River


Historic Structures
New River Gorge National River


Water Resources
New River Gorge National River


Water Quality
New River Gorge National River


Rare and Endangered Plants
                          Virginia Spiraea
New River Gorge National River


Rare and Endangered Animals
                                 Rafinesque’s Big-
         Woodrat
                                 eared Bat
New River Gorge National River


Rare Communities
New River Gorge National River


Historic Landscapes - Thurmond 1929
New River Gorge National River


Geologic Resources
       Avis Limestone near the town of Sandstone. This was originally
       deposited by an ancient ocean. (West Virginia Geological Survey)
New River Gorge National River


Biological Diversity
New River Gorge National River


Aquatic Plants and Animals
New River Gorge National River


Recreation
New River Gorge National River


Fire Management
New River Gorge National River


         Accomplishments


     • Acquired spring and fall 2003 aerial
       photography for the three parks
     • Produced all geospatial data needed for work
       on the Gauley river National Recreation Area
       Development Concept Plan
     • Acquired, compiled, and organized data
       potentially needed for upcoming New River
       Gorge National River General Management
       Plan Review
New River Gorge National River

                      Spring 2003 aerial photography
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area
New River Gorge National River


         Goals


     • Landscape change analysis for the New River
       Gorge National River
     • Contractor working on vegetation layer for
       New River Gorge National River
     • Mapping of trails and facilities within the
       park along with updating the roads layers for
       New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge National River

              Landscape change analysis utilizing 1945 imagery
Gauley River National Recreation
New River Gorge National River Area
New River Gorge National River


         Question



Andrew Steel
New River Gorge National River
P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846
304-465-6556
andy_steel@nps.gov
                                       View from Beauty Mountain Looking North
                                                 New River Gorge National River



• For more information please visit our
  web site at: www.nps.gov/neri/home.html

				
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