(a) For the purposes of this article, three or more contiguous counties may, upon
approval of the county commission of each county desiring to participate, form a multicounty
trail network authority. An authority established pursuant to this section is a public corporation and a
joint development entity existing for the purpose of facilitating the development
and operation of a system of recreational trails and areas throughout the participating
counties. Such trails will be designated and made available for recreational purposes with
significant portions of the trails system being located on private property throughout
West Virginia, made available for use through lease, license, easement, or other appropriate
legal form by a willing landowner.
(b) An adjacent county may join a multicounty trail network authority as a participating
county upon approval of both the board of the authority and the county commission
of the adjacent county wishing to become a participating county.
(c) Two or more existing authorities may merge and become a single authority encompassing
the participating counties in each merging authority upon approval of the board of
each authority. Upon merger of two or more authorities, the board of the newly created authority
will be composed of all board members serving on the board of each merging authority
at the time the merger takes place. Thereafter, the authority will fill any vacancies and appoint board members as required
by § 20-17-4 of this code. The board of the newly created authority shall adopt appropriate procedures and
bylaws to ensure that the newly created authority complies with all requirements of
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