The Monongahela National Forest is located in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.
Where is this Forest?


Water flowing over rocks in a stream surrounded by green trees.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.


Red Creek Fire - Wildfires on Dolly Sods Wilderness Area 9/28/16, 2:45 p.m.

Wildfires on Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

There are five wildfires burning in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, called the Red Creek Fires.  All five of the fires are small, less than 1 acre in size.  Because of the potential presence of unexploded ordinance in the area, a portion of the wilderness area has been closed to the public.  A Fire Ban has also been put in place.

For more information please select the following link:  Red Creek Fire, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area


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. 

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