The Monongahela National Forest was established in 1920. Located in the north central highlands of West Virginia, the Monongahela straddles the highest ridges in the State. Elevation ranges from just under 1000' to 4863' above sea level. Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse National Forests in the country.
Visitors to this beautiful place will enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest. You will also see a 'working' forest, which produces timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities for the region and nation.
We hope you'll explore our web site to learn more.
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.
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.