The Legislature hereby declares that the long-term value to
the public of retaining networks of abandoned railroad corridor
lines is substantial, not only for the preservation of corridors
for future rail transportation uses, but in terms of providing
interim recreational use, providing public open space and linking
together other community areas and recreational spaces, providing
for efficient and convenient placement of underground utilities and
telecommunication lines, providing environmental greenways and
wildlife habitat, providing public access to other forms of
recreation and improving economic development opportunities
associated with all of the above listed multiple uses.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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