Welcome to Monongahela National ForestMonongahela National Forest, in the north-central highlands of West Virginia, is a place where visitors can enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many plants and animals that live here. This special place was established in 1920 and encompasses one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States, with elevations from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level. The Monongahela is a ‘working’ forest, which provides timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities. Explore your Forest!

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Recent News


Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Initiative

Black cows meandering up a hillside.

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.

New Partnership Expands Existing Restoration Efforts

A seedling of a red spruce is planted into tilled soil.

Green Forests Work, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and Monongahela National Forest kicked of their new partnership at the Sharp’s Knob Tree Planting event Saturday, May 19, in Pocahontas County. This new partnership builds on existing relationships with The Nature Conservancy, Scott Eggerud with the Office of Surface Mining, and Dr. Chris Barton, professor of forestry at the University of Kentucky, who established Green Forests Work and has been working with the Forest Service and many other partners to re-establish native species on the Mower Tract for several years. Find out about this partnership and how you can get involved to help restore native ecosystems to West Virginia.

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2018 Discover Nature Day a Success

Five kids smile big for the camera in the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Parking lot

Discover Nature Day was held on April 28th at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. Find out about accomplicshments from the  44 volunteers that attended this event. 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Updates

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline, proposes to cross 5 miles of the Monongahela National Forest and 15 miles of the George Washington National Forest. 



Timber Contracting

A neatly stacked pile of freshly cut timber.

Interested in how we manage timber sales? Our timber contracting page has been recently updated with details on timber management and guides for business with the Forest Service.