Monongahela National Forest Hosts Open House for the Upper Cheat River Project June 22

Release Date: Jun 7, 2022

Contact(s): Kelly Bridges


Parsons, W.Va., June 7, 2022 – Monongahela National Forest is hosting an open house to share information about the actions proposed in the Upper Cheat River Environmental Assessment with residents of the Horseshoe community and other interested members of the public. The meeting willbe held Wednesday, June 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Parsons Volunteer Fire Department, 216 Main Street, Parsons, W.Va.

“We are very interested in talking about this project face-to-face with local landowners,” said Cheat-Potomac District Ranger Jon Morgan. “This meeting will give us a chance to hear their concerns and alsosharethe facts with them to ensure they understand the components of the project, including intended outcomes.”

A formal presentation is not planned during the meeting and participants are free to come and go anytime from 6:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. There will be opportunities to talk directly with subject matter experts at stations on various topics such as watershed improvement, wildlife habitat, timber management and prescribed burning. Maps and other materials will also be shared.

Planning for the Upper Cheat River project began in December 2020 with a series of virtual meetings. The project area is north of Parsons in Tucker County, and a small section of Barbour and Preston counties, and includes only National Forest System lands within the Upper Cheat River watershed. 

This project aims to move the project area closer to the Forest Plan desired conditions by improving forest health and age class diversity, improving wildlife habitat, and enhancing stream and riparian corridors, potentially through the creation of early successional habitat, timber management, prescribed burning, and stream restoration.

For more information and to request reasonable accommodations, contact Amy Albright at amy.albright2@usda.gov or 304-257-4488 ext. 7128.

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