Monongahela National Forest

Endlessly Wild & Wonderful

Monongahela National Forest will provide the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and thousands of ornaments made by the people of West Virginia.

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Monongahela National Forest 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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Mower Tract Restoration Project

Forest Service employees plant a red spruce seedling on the Mower Tract

Purchased by the Forest Service in the late 1980s, the 40,000-acre Mower Tract is located on Cheat Mountain and has been the focus of red spruce restoration for over 10 years. The goal of the Mower Tract restoration is to re-establish native red spruce forests, increase the water storage capacity of Cheat Mountain, improve water quality in the Shavers Fork watershed, and provide wildlife corridors for vulnerable and threatened species.

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Burning to Practice – A Fire Training Simulation on Ramshorn Ridge

Fire training included a simulated medical emergency

On October 18, Monongahela National Forest staff conducted an exercise simulating a prescribed burn in a remote area of Pocahontas County near Greenbank. This training allowed experienced employees from the fire program to work directly with those developing their skills in a controlled environment.

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