LOGAN, W.Va. — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will be visiting his native county Monday for a ribbon cutting and dedication.
At 10:30 a.m., Tomblin will join Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox and Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, along with representatives from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, to officially open a road connecting Chief Logan Conference Center and Chief Logan State Park.
Following remarks at Chief Logan Conference Center, attendees will travel to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The connector road will allow access between the lodge and conference center to the other activity areas of the park. Currently, visitors to the lodge or conference center wanting to use any of the other park facilities must travel a distance of 8-10 miles around the park to access them.
At 12:30 p.m., Tomblin will join representatives from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and The Conservation Fund to officially welcome and reintroduce elk to West Virginia at a soft holding pen the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area.
Once common in West Virginia, elk were completely eliminated from West Virginia due to the fact that they were an important source for food, shelter and clothing for American Indians and early settlers. Officials say reintroduction of elk to the state will bring economic benefits, along with recreation opportunities for residents.