Keep Parks Appealing

If West Virginia has a set of crown jewels, it is our state parks. They draw many of the visitors who have made tourism a major industry in our state.

A bill that would allow commercial logging in state parks has been introduced in the Legislature. Lawmakers are being told passage of the measure could raise millions of dollars for maintenance at the parks. Perhaps so, but at what cost?

Legislators should be exceedingly cautious about the bill. If it carries the potential of making parks less appealing, it should be viewed warily.

A few million dollars in fees from loggers would be no bargain if it came at the expense of millions lost from visitors because parks were made less appealing.