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Editor’s Note: FEOH Realty founder Jason Donahue, mentioned below, told Connect-Bridgeport he believes the trail network would be utilized in Bridgeport. Photo below is courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.
 
According to MetroNews, A bill to create a network of mountain bike trails to enhance tourism in north-central West Virginia died on the last day of last year’s legislative session. But legislators and community leaders hope to see it through this year.
 
To that end, there are five bills in the system to create a Mountaineer Trail Network Recreation Authority. All told, they have a combined sponsorship of 10 senators and 13 delegates of both parties.
 
Four of them are identical: SB 15 and 132 and HB 2420 and 2484. They would create the authority to serve Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Harrison and Taylor counties.
 
The fifth is more expansive and would permit any three or more counties in the state to form a multi-county trail network authority. It’s SB 317 and it’s the one that’s moving through the system. It’s passed out of the Natural Resources committee and awaiting an agenda slot in Judiciary.
 
“I honestly think the bill has a very good chance of passing this year,” said Sen. Bob Beach, who is lead sponsor on one of the four local bills.
 
FEOH Realty founder Jason Donahue, of Morgantown, is helping to push the effort and explained how it could benefit the area during a visit to the Capitol and in a phone interview.
 
Click HERE to read the rest of the story and what Donahue had to say.