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Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of the New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River National Recreation Area 2003-2006

Local visitors to the park, cooking freshly caught fish on the bank of the New River, in southern
West Virginia. Photo by Lyntha Scott Eiler.

The National Park Service is revising its general management plan for its two parks in southern West Virginia. One of the goals is to recognize the resources within the parks' boundaries that are of cultural significance to communities within and around the parks, and to address the value of such resources in the revised general management plan. The NPS engaged the CFE to conduct the study. Mary Hufford served as principal investigator, four graduate students (Linda Lee, Cynthia Murtagh, Rita Moonsammy, and Dana Hercbergs) conducted fieldwork, two graduate students (Lee and Murtagh) received paid summer internships, and the final report for the project, which is under review at the park, will become a CFE publication.

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