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RFPs out for Cabwaylingo State Forest trail system

September 5, 2018

WILSONDALE — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Section, Cabwaylingo State Forest is soliciting proposals to potential contractors interested in developing a two-year pilot project permitting ATVs and off-road vehicles (ORVs) to be operated in the Cabwaylingo State Forest.

The proposals are a continuation of West Virginia State Emergency Rule CSR 58-36, which went into effect during the legislative session with the purpose of providing for the regulation of the two-year pilot project permitting all-terrain or off-highway recreational vehicles on designated roads and trails in Cabwaylingo State Forest.

The legislation, pioneered by Sen. Mark Maynard, is an attempt to bring in commerce and more activity to the forest.

The request for proposals (RFPs) serve as an invitation to operate ATV/ORV and multi-use trail systems in the pilot project and require interested contractors to include detailed narratives for topics such as an operation plan including proposed opening dates and operational hours, proposed fees and packages, timeline for proposed multi-use trail system, maintenance schedule, management structure, two-year business plan, staff interaction plan, personal property inventory of equipment, marketing and advertising plan and cost control strategies. Other topics are also in the list of required information.

Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in southern Wayne County. Its unique name comes from the four surrounding counties (Cab)ell, (Wa)yne, (Lin)coln and Min(go). It was developed in the late 1930s and for years has been a vacation retreats.

The forest location includes cabins, campgrounds and a group camp and a slew of available activities and locations including fishing, game courts, gift shop, biking, horseback riding hiking, picnics and playgrounds.

Submission date for proposals is Sept. 26.

Anyone who is interested in managing and operating the trail system can email their proposal or contact Matt Yeagar at matt.j.yeager@wv.gov.

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