WV Public Lands Update: Monongahela National Forest, WV Trails Conference, Job Posting
WV Statewide Trails Conference: November 16-18
WV Rivers Submits Comments on Gauley Healthy Forest Project
The Forest Service is attempting to use a categorical exclusion, which exempts the project activities from environmental review. This iconic area of the Mon is known for its scenic rivers and streams and exceptional trout fishing.
It’s also home to the endangered Candy Darter. Because of the project’s potential impacts on these sensitive waterbodies and their inhabitants, we objected to the use of the categorical exclusion and requested a full environmental review of the project. Read our full comments here.
New Report: Monongahela National Forest Listening Sessions
Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Fall by Kent Mason.
At the beginning of the year, the West Virginians for Public Lands alliance launched a community listening project to set the foundation for a proactive proposal to protect the Monongahela National Forest. The listening project provided stakeholders and users of the Forest the opportunity to help craft a proactive vision that balances management of natural resources and promotion of responsible recreation. Over the past nine months, a series of virtual listening sessions focused around major recreational and interest groups like hiking, hunting/angling, boating, and more. You can read an initial report on the listening sessions, the findings, and potential policy priorities here.
We sincerely thank everyone that provided their thoughtful vision for the Mon!
We’re Seeking a Public Lands Campaign Coordinator
Read the full job description, including salary and benefits offered, and apply here.
Help spread the word. Please forward this announcement on to folks who might be interested in the position.
Monongahela National Forest Access Updates
The Forest Service continues to provide guidance on use of developed recreational sites to keep visitors safe. You can find up-to-date information about access and restrictions within the Mon National Forest here.