GAOA-Funded Demolition of NERI Non-Historic Structures
Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, the project will address deferred maintenance needs and eliminate approximately $800,000 in yearly maintenance and law enforcement costs, allowing staff and financial resources to focus attention on maintaining other facilities and resources that park visitors can enjoy. Many of the buildings and structures have come into the possession of the NPS through land acquisition within its established boundaries. Most were not intended for occupation or use and are now abandoned, dilapidated, overgrown safety hazard that are vulnerable to trespassing and vandalism and a burden to maintain.
The structures/areas to be removed through this project are:
1. Ajax Mines Grounds (Items to be removed include large pipes, mechanical apparatus, and fences)
2. Ajax Pump Station Building
3. Billy Jo Adkins House
4. Burnwood Maintenance Storage Building
5. Burnwood Ranger Storage Building
6. Burnwood Ranger Storage Shed
7. Clarence Plumley House, Meadow Creek
8. Dun Glen Boat Storage/Emergency Cache (Constructed by NPS)
9. Glade Creek Restroom
10. Glenwood Corp River Road Cabins (Structures have been removed. Next phase work will include remediating old septic systems and revegetating area)
11. Grandview Resource Stewardship Office
12. Jonny and Brenda Adkins House
13. Julian Mark Richmond House
14. Julian Mark Richmond Shed
15. Samuel Ames Garage
16. Samuel Ames House
The NPS plans to complete its environmental and cultural review process for this project in early 2023 with the goal of implementing the demolitions as early as summer 2023 and working into the fall.
Funding for this project is through the Great American Outdoors Act, Legacy Restoration Fund which is part of a concerted effort to address the extensive maintenance backlog in national parks. Supported by revenue from energy development, the fund provides up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
The NPS invites interested members of the public to attend an open house on Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 4-6 PM at the Glen Jean Bank. At the open house, the NPS will provide information regarding this proposal. For those unable to attend the open house, a fact sheet with project details is available under the "Document List" link on the left side of this page.
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to demolish 16 non-historic excess structures across New River Gorge National Park and Preserve (NRGNPP). The NPS proposal includes removing the hazardous structures, disposing of all associated building debris, and restoring the sites to a condition consistent with their natural surroundings which will provide visitors with additional recreational opportunities.