Features

Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Initiative

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service are working together in West Virginia to improve the health of forests where public forests and grasslands connect to privately owned lands through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. Find out more about how these partners work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.

Monongahela National Forest Makes Headway on Flood Recovery Projects in 2017

In early 2017 the Federal Highway Administration approved $25 million through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program to repair flood-damaged roads, bridges, culverts, and trails in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest.

Make a Difference as a Volunteer at the Monongahela National Forest

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed and valued at the Monongahela National Forest. With nearly a million acres of scenic, natural, and recreational wonders, volunteers are a big part of helping the Forest reach its annual goals. Find out more about this vital component of managing our public lands and see where you fit in. 

Highland Scenic Highway Audio Tour Now Available

Buckle up and get ready for a guided journey through one of the Monongahela National Forest's most iconic landscapes. The Highland Scenic Highway Audio Tour takes you through the history, culture, and science behind many of places on this stretch of road that traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau. Along the way you will hear the spirit of West Virginia through the music and the voices of the residents of this land as they recount their favorites stories and memories of this nationally recognized Scenic Byway.

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

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. 

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.

Fall Color Report

We'll be updating our page each week through the fall with the status of the changing season throughout the Forest. Check back reguarly to find out which places and trees are putting on their fall color in one of nature's most spectacular annual shows. 

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.