A wildfire on the Monongahela National Forest was first reported on adjacent private land on Sunday, November 10, 2013. The fire is in the Smoke Hole Area of the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, approximately 11 miles southwest of Petersburg, and 3 miles northeast from the community of Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County, WV.
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
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.
Progress is being made in clearing downed trees in campgrounds and roads normally open this time of year in the Monongahela National Forest.
The worst damage occurred at lower elevations and in the northern most District (Cheat) and the south-western most District (Gauley).
Crews continue to work to open up areas, although some areas may not be cleared until spring.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, many Forest roads and trails remain blocked by downed trees and branches. It may be spring before some of these roads can be reached and cleared.
Progress Continues in Clearing the Monongahela National Forest Roads following Superstorm Sandy.
Thanks to the efforts of saw crews most of the roads and campgrounds normally opened at this time of year can be used during the busy hunting season. Despite some remaining blocked roads, hunters should have plenty of places for deer gun season.
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.