Federal designation of the SMNSA would offer many benefits to Augusta County, including permanent protection of
- high quality water resources;
- outdoor recreation opportunities;
- outstanding wildlife habitat;
- scenic beauty; and
- support for the local tourism economy.
The SMNSA proposal also extends into Rockingham and Highland Counties. Support from local governments is crucial to eventual introduction of federal legislation. Augusta's endorsement is a big step forward for our campaign.
In addition to reaching out to local governments, FOSM continues to be an active member of the GWNF Stakeholder Collaborative. The Collaborative supports federal designation of the SMNSA along with more active management, such as cutting timber, in appropriate areas across the GWNF.
We thank Augusta County for their support and will continue to work with other local governments.