Our Board of Directors
Pete Runyon - Pike County, KY - President
John Burchett - Mingo County, WV - Vice President
Vicky Evans - Martin County, KY - Treasurer
Mark Kemp - McDowell County, WV - Secretary
Dustin Estep - McDowell County, WV Grace Williams - Mingo County, WV
David Hatfield - Mingo County, WV Jennifer Justice - McDowell County, WV
Madison Mooney - Martin County, KY Nina McCoy - Martin County, KY
Ex Officio Members of the Board of Directors:
Christy Bailey - National Coal Heritage Area Authority
Sara Prior - WV DEP, Southern Basin Coordinator
Nathan Alexander - KY Division of Water, Big Sandy Basin Coordinator
Big Sandy Conservation and Recreation meeting
May 2, 2023
A contingent of FotTFR board members was hosted by a new group, Big Sandy Conservation and Recreation, at the historic lock and dam in the Big Sandy River between Fort Gay, WV and Louisa, KY. We then attended a Fort Gay City Council meeting and accepted an invitation to a private residence in Pritchard, WV for a cookout and boat tour of the river. The group hopes to promote the historic area around the dam and the entire river for tourism purposes. It is both an interesting and beautiful area to visit. Thank you Mayor Joetta Hatfield and Paul Heaberlin for all the incredible hospitality.
The Big Sandy River starts at the confluence of the Tug Fork and Levisa Fork then flows 29 miles to the Ohio River.This lock and dam is just downstream of the head of the river. Built in the late 1800's, it was the first needle dam in the United States and aided in river transportation of people and commerce until the railroads were constructed several years later.
FotTFR Board Members: John Burchett, Pete Runyon, Grace Williams & Vicky Evans
Soon after constuction was complete in the late 1800's
From the Kentucky side looking to West Virginia
The upstream end of the lock chamber showing the gate.
FotTFR Board of Directors Dinner
February 25, 2023