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. 

Smoke Hole Fire on the Monongahela National Forest

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. 

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.

Superstorm Sandy Cleanup Progress - November 20, 2012

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.

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.

Superstorm Sandy Monongahela National Forest Cleanup Update

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.

Forest Visitors Should Be Prepared for Downed Trees and Closed Roads

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.