We enjoyed hosting the quarterly meeting of the Shenandoah National Park Association on Saturday morning. This group sells educational materials such as guidebooks and maps, prints and apparel at the Park visitors centers which raises funds to support programs and activities in the Park. Since 1950, the Association has raised more than 2 million dollars. Members receive discounts on food, lodging and purchases. There are several levels of membership.
The Shenandoah National Park is one of Page County’s most treasured assets. Bordering the entire eastern flank of the county, the Park’s naturally forested slopes help protect our water quality and provides habitat for bear, deer, songbirds and many endangered plant species.
There is even one endemic species (found nowhere else in the world) – the Shenandoah Salamander. The Park encompasses 200,000 acres and includes 101 miles of the famed Appalachian Trail. More than 500 miles of hiking trails lead to waterfalls, spectacular vistas, secret camp sites and many other destinations of natural beauty.
On Sunday morning, local students from Luray High School helped Shenandoah River Outfitters clean up a tire dump near the White House boat landing. More than 70 tires were hauled out of the water thanks to the efforts of the volunteers.
Shenandoah River Outfitters has held annual river cleanups for decades, helping improve water quality and safety on the river, not to mention the aesthetics of the South Fork.
We applaud these dedicated souls for all they do as stewards of another one of Page County’s natural treasures – the Shenandoah River.