McDonnell plants a tree, celebrates Virginia's rivers
Gov. Bob McDonnell helped plant an American hornbeam -- a tree native to Virginia -- along the banks of the James River today as part of event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Virginia Scenic River Program.
During this year's legislative session, the General Assembly passed bills designating 81 additional river miles as scenic -- the most miles added at one time in the program's history. The program now includes 28 river segments totaling 610 miles.
"From the Blackwater in the coastal plain to the Jordan and Hughes east of the Blue Ridge in Rappahannock County to the Russell Fork that cascades through the mountains and valleys of Southwest in Dickenson County, the rivers designated as scenic this year are a microcosm of Virginia's waterways,'' McDonnell said. "Virginia's rivers are one of our most unique resources, contributing to Virginia's economic vitality, beauty, and quality of life."
(Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor's Photographer)
April 23, 2010; 5:06 PM ET
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