LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Several organizations are working to establish a national monument in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.
The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would include the headwaters of the Cranberry, Williams, Cherry, Greenbrier, Gauley and Elk River rivers. It would include about 123,000 acres in and around the Cranberry Wilderness.
Congress would have to approve the designation.
West Virginia Wilderness Coalition executive director Mike Costello tells West Virginia Public Broadcasting that the benefits of a national monument include environmental protection and providing economic stimulus in areas that need diversification.