Meeting Reports

September 4, 2001

The Corridor H Citizens Action Group (CAG) met September 4, 2001 at the Davis Town Hall to receive an update about the status of the Blackwater Avoidance Study and discuss how its findings will impact the progress of the Corridor H project.

In 1996, an endangered species survey was completed on the project. However, federal regulations have since changed making it necessary to conduct a second survey.

Bill McCartney with Michael Baker Jr., Inc. talked with the group and made a presentation about an endangered species found during the second survey, the Northern Flying Squirrel.

According to McCartney, the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) will expand the previous study area as a result of finding this evidence of the endangered squirrels. They will work closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify the route that will avoid the squirrels' habitat.

Following the presentation, the group participated in a question and comment session with McCartney and representatives from the WVDOH.

CAG Facilitator Kiena Smith, from the Canaan Valley Institute, begins the meeting.
Bill McCartney, with Michael Baker Jr., Inc., talks with the group about specific areas where the Northern Flying Squirrels are found and how this affects the study.

Bill McCartney answers the group members’ questions about the project.
Kiena Smith records the main points of the group’s discussion.

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