To do this he is trying to get legislation passed to make sure money gained from the timber removed from the forest is used to support and update the park.
He is starting with getting a petition together in order to gather support from the community. He said he wants to use the petition to make his fellow legislators aware of how important the forest is to the people of Wayne and the surrounding counties.
Thompson has a personal connection to the forest as his family lives across the hill from the forest.
“Growing up, anytime we visited my great-grandparents’ home, we passed through Cabwaylingo,” said Thompson. “It served as the gateway to my childhood memories, and I will do everything in my power to preserve it for future generations.”
Thompson also wants to stress the historical importance of Cabwaylingo. The forest was established in the 1930s and its facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the New Deal.
Anyone wishing to contact Delegate Thompson to voice their support for Cabwaylingo can email him at email@example.com.