Red Creek Fire - Wildfires on Dolly Sods Wilderness Area 10/06/16, 08:30 a.m.

Closure Order Rescinded for Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

All five of the Red Creek Fires are now 100% contained.  The Closure Order in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area has been lifted, and all trails have been reopened.  The Fire Ban is still in effect for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area but no longer affects the Red Creek Campground or Dolly Sods Picnic Area.  For more information contact the Cheat/Potomac Ranger District at 304-257-4488 Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm or The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center at 304-567-2827 Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 4:30pm.  You can also click the contact us link to the left and send us an email. 

For more information, please select the following link:  Dolly Sods Fire Ban Order and Map


Monongahela National Forest Monitoring Program Transition

The Monongahela National Forest Plan was revised in 2006 and updated in 2011.  It was developed under the authority of the 1982 Planning Rule.  In 2012, the US Forest Service adopted a new planning rule that will direct future forest plan revisions.  The 2012 Planning Rule (26 CFR 219) requires us to modify our forest monitoring program by May 9, 2016 to meet the Planning Rule’s monitoring requirements.  Forest Service staff are currently reviewing the monitoring program to determine what is needed to comply with the new rule. 

West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel Partnership and Habitat Protection

Monongahela National Forest is working with The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to protect and enhance WV Northern Flying squirrels and habitat.  Additional information at www.restoreredspruce.org

Bat Habitat Protection and White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome is affecting bats at an alarming rate and Monongahela National Forest is protecting and enhancing bat habitat. Click here to learn more about White Nose Syndrome.

The Monongahela National Forest has Cave Closure Order No. 09-21-13-13 in place in order to protect endangered, threatened, and sensitive bat species.

Additional information about immediate habitat protection for bats concerning White Nose Syndrome is available here.

General Rules For National Forests

We have listed some of the general rules regarding:  camping, camp fires, firearms, fireworks, pets and animals on Forest, public property, sanitation, and vehicle operation.