Perhaps the most effective environmentalist organization in the world, The Nature Conservancy, has scored another victory for West Virginians - and our posterity.
As explained in a story on page one of today's paper, the Conservancy - working with state and federal programs - is preserving thousands of acres of land along the Cheat River near Morgantown.
In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the eastern United States, the Cheat River canyon is home to rare and unusual plants and animals, including a snail found nowhere else in the world.
Millions of acres of naturally significant land and water throughout the world have been preserved by the Conservancy. Its record is unparalleled.
The Conservancy is successful in large measure because of a philosophy of working with landowners, not treating them as adversaries. Such partnerships have ensured beautiful places and rare, often unique, plants and animals are preserved for the future.
Congratulations to all involved for another Conservancy success.