North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project

The USDA Forest Service, the public, communities, and partners are working together to identify forest restoration and management opportunities on the 100,000-acre North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project in Rockingham County, Virginia and Pendleton County, West Virginia. Working together over the next two years, we will identify activities to improve watershed conditions, vegetation conditions, wildlife and fisheries habitats, and recreation uses to implement over the next ten years. Restoration and management opportunities will complement efforts on adjacent lands and will address vegetation, habitat, and watershed conditions that transcend landowner boundaries.

Where Are We Now? 

This spring and summer we have held multiple public meetings and field trips.  These meetings provide an overview of the project and an opportunity for partners and members of the public to discuss the details of resource issues, concerns and opportunities and develop ideas for potential activities. Behind the scenes, Forest Service specialists and partners are working to assess current conditions on-the-ground within the project area. Working groups have met to focus on specific issues in greater detail. The working groups do not replace our scheduled public meetings where the public can discuss the project and provide comments.

Learn more about each of the working groups and review meeting notes: 

Recreation and Trails

Aquatic, Riparian and Watershed Resources

Vegetation, Wildlife Habitat and Forest Health 

Next Steps:

After meeting to discuss topic issues at a technical level, working groups will provide information on their findings during public meetings periodically throughout the summer. Anyone unable to attend the working group meetings can provide input during public meetings.

Public Workshops and Field trips

Several people stand in a wooded area listening to a forester speak05/25/2016 Brandywine, WV

During the May 25th public field trip Forest Service staff and partners shared information about conditions on the ground as they relate to aquatics, wildlife, timber, and recreation in the West Side timber thinning unit on West Side Road (Forest Service Road 151) and in the Camp Run Area.

04/11/2016 Brandywine, WV

A public meeting was held on April 18, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department, 503 Sugar Grove Road, Brandywine, West Virginia. The meeting focused on describing the strategic management direction in the Forest Plan for the North Shenandoah Project area and identifying the current conditions for various resources within that area.

A member of the public and a forest service employee look at a map03/16/2016 Harrisonburg, VA

A ‘kick-off’ meeting was held in Harrisonburg, VA on March 16, 2016. The meeting focused on describing the strategic management direction in the Forest Plan for the North Shenandoah Project area and identifying the current conditions for various resources within that area.  Over 50 people attended this first meeting, representing a broad spectrum of interests and uses of the national forest.

 

Meeting Files:  

Project Overview Powerpoint

Forest Vegetation Powerpoint

Resources

Maps of the Project Area

Photos of the Project Area

Data and GIS Shapefiles