Image that says Welcome to Monongahela National ForestMonongahela National Forest provides visitors with scenic vistas, country roads, flowing streams and abundant plant and animal life. It was established in 1920 and encompasses one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States. Elevations range from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level. Monongahela National Forest is a working forest providing timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities. Explore your Forest!

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Staff Creates Innovative Fix for Water-Shield Problem at Lake Sherwood

Siphon entering Lake Sherwood

When a native plant called water-shield threatened recreational use of the largest lake on Monongahela National Forest, the USDA Forest Service got creative to develop a solution. If this innovative plan is successful, visitors to Lake Sherwood can expect to see decreased levels of water-shield in the spring.

Sharp Knob Restoration Partnership

Volunteers work to plant trees across an open tract of tilled soiled among the mountain forest.

Green Forests Work, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and Monongahela National Forest kicked of their new partnership at the Sharp Knob Tree Planting event Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Pocahontas County. Snowshoe’s “Green Team”, made up of employees from the resort, provided most of the labor for planting the trees, although the event attracted volunteers from as far away as Charleston and even one volunteer from New Mexico who was visiting the area for the first time.

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Flood Recovery Updates

In early 2017 the Federal Highway Administration approved $25 million to repair roads, bridges, culverts, and trails in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. 

Archaeology Activity Book

AmeriCorps members serving with the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area recently developed an activity book to educate youth about archaeology and promote heritage resources on the Forest.


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.