The Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council has announced more than $19,000 in grants to local organizations that promote education and conservation in the region. A portion of this funding has been provided by the West Virginia Conservation Agency and contributing counties.
- Rain Barrel Workshop (Greenbrier County): $3,000
The Greenbrier Watershed Association received funds to host a rain barrel workshop that provides educational information about stormwater runoff and water conservation. Seventy-five rain barrels and installation kits will be purchased and distributed to participants. Two rain barrels will be painted by local students and auctions at the annual watershed celebration this fall.
- Marlinton Wetland Educational Park (Pocahontas County): $5,000
The Town of Marlinton received funds to further work on an educational wetland park between a stretch of the Greenbrier River Trail and 4th Avenue. The wetland park will include a trail that connects with the Greenbrier River Trail. Boardwalk viewing platforms, interpretive signs on plant and animal life, as well as source water protection. The Pocahontas County Commission has contributed $2,000 to Mtn RC&D for this project.
The Mountain RC&D is currently accepting proposals for conservation and education projects in its service area: counties of Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Wyoming, Braxton, Raleigh, Summers, Fayette, Nicholas, Mercer, Webster, and McDowell. Projects should involve conservation and environmental projects related to soil, water, or wildlife. The deadline for fall 2023 funding is Mar. 31, 2023.
Additional information is available by contacting county RC&D representatives. A list of board members is available here: https://www.mtnrcd.com/board-of-directors/. Interested individuals can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.