§5B-2G-2. Legislative findings and purpose


Published: 2015

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WVC 5 B- 2 G- 2

§5B-2G-2. Legislative findings and purpose.

Legislative findings and purpose:

(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

(1) The State of West Virginia's rural character, natural

wonders, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities combine to

create an exceptional quality of life for its citizens;

(2) West Virginia's landscapes serve as an economic engine

supporting vibrant forest products, agricultural, hunting and

fishing and tourism industries;

(3) West Virginia's unique and important lands are key to

attracting new businesses and knowledge workers who are mobile and

capable of doing business anywhere and critical to diversifying the

economy of the State of West Virginia;

(4) West Virginia's unique and important lands provide all

West Virginians hunting, fishing, rafting, hiking and other

recreational opportunities important to their health and

well-being;

(5) West Virginia's unique and important lands are critical to

the continued health of the state's wildlife habitats and West

Virginia's Wildlife Conservation Action Plan, mandated by the

United States Congress, recognizes that habitat loss is a key issue

confronting conservation of the state's valuable fish and wildlife

resources;

(6) The conversion of rural land to developed land in West

Virginia doubled between 1982 and 1997;

(7) There is a critical need to invest in the conservation of

unique and important wildlife habitat, natural areas, forest lands,

farmland and lands for hunting, fishing and recreation; and

(8) It is critical to encourage cooperation and innovative

public partnerships among landowners, state agencies, nonprofit

organizations and others which must work together in order to

conserve West Virginia's most important unique and rural lands.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide persons and

other entities an opportunity to voluntarily conserve land.

(c) Further, it is the intent of the Legislature to establish

a West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund, hereinafter

"fund", to establish an ongoing funding source to conserve unique

and important wildlife habitat, natural areas, forests, working

lands, lands for hunting, fishing and recreation and other lands

important to West Virginians.

(d) The Legislature finds that an ongoing funding source to

conserve unique and important lands will help to ensure that

present and future generations of West Virginians are able to enjoy

the economic, quality of life, health, recreational, scenic and

other benefits of conserved lands.





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