"The legislation was crafted with a nod toward tradition. Because hunting is not permitted in national parks, most of the area was designated as a preserve, which will allow continued access for hunters who have stalked whitetail deer on the sandstone bluffs for generations. And although BASE jumping is banned at Park Service sites, the legislation includes a provision that will allow Bridge Day — an annual October event that features jumpers parachuting the 876-foot distance from bridge to river — to continue."
Within this statement from the above link, one might assume a provision exists (BASE & BD on both their minds); while finding it "encouraging" that media is accurate for once:
“The New River Gorge is such an important part of West Virginia and a real source of pride in our state. Whether it’s cheering on the BASE jumpers at Bridge Day, experiencing the thrill of world-class white water rafting, or taking in the beautiful panoramic views, the New River Gorge provides unlimited opportunities for thousands of visitors each year. This new designation will shine a light on the New River Gorge and its many offerings so individuals around the world can see all that West Virginia has to offer. Updating and unveiling the signage today at the Gorge marks the culmination of years of hard work toward this goal that has been a major priority. This would not be possible without the dedicated support of local leaders here that have diligently seen this redesignation effort through. I’m incredibly optimistic about the future benefits New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will bring to the region and the entire state of West Virginia,” Senator Capito said.
But I'm not (directly) seeing anything. Except one aspect of the nonsense of "journalism" today; sharing stories across multiple sites without any direct quoting or elaboration.
Regardless... having seen this news the morning of Dec 23rd, I had already talked with a buddy & we fully agreed: ("provision or not"), Bridge Day would continue unmolested. -- I'm still curious about any exact wording, but NPS obviously would at the very least, "if necessary", play whatever word games they need to play so that nothing is affected. -- Their designation changes, but it changes nothing for Bridge Day, base jumpers... & nothing for me.
Jul 14, 2021, 2:38 PM
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Re: [Colm] New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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To me, it looks like its now treated like any other NP. Meaning they can grant "special use" permits as they see fit. From the legislation:
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(c) Administration.-- (1) In general.--The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve shall be administered by the Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the ``Secretary'') in accordance with-- (A) this section; (B) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System,(emphasis mine) including-- (i) section 100101(a), chapter 1003, and sections 100751(a), 100752, 100753, and 102101 of title 54, United States Code; and (ii) chapter 3201 of title 54, United States Code; and (C) title XI of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 460m-15 et seq.), except that the provisions of section 1106 of that Act (16 U.S.C. 460m-20) relating to hunting shall not apply to the New River Gorge National Park.