Friends of Breaks Park

Friends of Breaks Park is a non-profit organization offering support in the areas of conservation, recreational resources, and educational efforts at Breaks Interstate Park, as well as assisting the park in its endeavors in the preservation of our unique landscape.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1954, Breaks Park is one of only two interstate parks in the United States–a testament to the uniqueness of this wonderful place. It encompasses 4,600 acres in Kentucky and Virginia, along the border of those two states.

Being an Interstate Park is a wonderful designation, but it also creates some unique challenges. While state parks receive 100 percent of their funding from their respective state governments, Breaks Interstate Park is administered differently. It only receives a total of 15 percent of its funding from the states of Kentucky and Virginia. As you can imagine, that presents problems in respect to making park upgrades, providing a variety of recreational and educational opportunities, and better promoting environmental stewardship. And that’s why Friends of Breaks Park was created–to help better serve our visitors, offer more services and opportunities, and to continue improving this wonderful park.

Please join us in our efforts by becoming a Friends of Breaks Park member.

The support we receive through membership, volunteers, and donations assists in many worthwhile causes. Your donation is a direct investment in the continued success of Breaks Park. The future depends on you. Help us to be the best we can be!

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Date of Posting:      Monday, January 22, 2018



Project Activities:  The project develops approximately 10 miles of a multi use of trail from the Town of Haysi, Virginia to the Breaks Interstate Park, along the drainage area of the Russell Fork River.  The development of this trail will be strictly for a non motorized use.  It will be limited to Hiking, Biking and Equestrian usage.


Friends of Southwest Virginia have determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Policy Act of 1969 (PL 91-190) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file the above address and is available for public examination and copying, upon request, at the Town of Haysi between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.


Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the DHCD’s Richmond Office responsible for receiving and responding to comments.  All comments received by February 22,2018 will be considered by DHCD, who will not release any ARC funds or take any administrative action on the within project prior to said date.  Comments should specify which aspect of the environmental review they are addressing.


The Department of Housing and Community Development certifies to the State of Virginia that name of Erik Johnston in his capacity as Director consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and these responsibilities have been satisfied.  The State of Virginia’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibility under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Friends of Southwest Virginia to use Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) Program funds.

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76), and may be addressed to:


Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Attn:  Program Administration and Assistance Office

Main Street Centre

600 E. Main St., Suite 300

Richmond, Virginia  23219-2430

(804) 371-7061 [TTP 371-7089/FAX 371-7093

Potential objectors should contact DHCD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Project Contacts:

Ms. Marcia Dempsey, Development Programs Administrator

Friends of Southwest Virginia

One Heartwood Circle

Abingdon, VA  24210



Mr. Shane Farmer, Sr. Planner

Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission

224 Clydesway Drive/P.O. Box 548

Lebanon, VA  24266





















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