Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.
Improve oak regeneration and stand structural and age diversity, and increase mast for wildlife through a variety of methods, including commercial and noncommercial treatments. Enhance wildlife and aquatic habitats for a number of species.
Cheat Potomac Grazing Allotments
Management of 11 grazing allotments: Camp Bright; Coberly Sods North; Coberly Sods South; Vickers; Wratchford; Forinash; Ours; Strader Run; Whitmer; Pharis Knob; and Big Run.
Cranberry Glades Boardwalk Replacement
The boardwalk is aged and and requires extensive annual maintenance. Replacement will improve user access and safety when using the site, and reduce the need for extensive annual maintenance.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Suppression
Proposal for biological and chemical treatments to suppress infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native insect that is killing hemlock trees on the Forest.
Lockridge Prescribed Burns
Prescribed fire is proposed for multiple burn units totaling an estimated 2,532 acres. This will be a landscape-scale burn in WV and VA, in conjunction with the Fire Learning Network.
Lower Williams Wildlife Enhancement
Proposed vegetation alteration and wildlife habitat enhancement on an estimated 140 acres. The project would create grassy and early-successional habitat, reduce the mid-story to diversify forest structure and composition, and enhance native grasses.
Reeds Creek Vernal Wetland Establishment
This project would establish approximately 16 small vernal wetlands on mountain ridges to provide habitat for animal and plant species. The wetlands would range from 0.01 to 0.3 acres in size for a total of 1.3 acres.
Two-Mile Road Closure
Proposed closure of Two-Mile Road due to considerable erosion and natural resource damage. One-Mile Road would be opened to provide public access to the area.
Camp Wood Special-Use Permit
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has submitted a special use application to use Camp Wood to house volunteers. Prior to housing volunteers Habitat for Humanity would conduct extensive repairs and upgrades to make it operational and safe.
Grassy Knob American Chestnut Planting
Approximately 1,000 seedlings from blight-resistant American chestnut trees would be planted in a 3-acre area of a clearcut that failed to regenerate due to deer browsing. A fence would be constructed to protect the seedlings.
Lower Williams Terrestrial Liming Project
The Gauley Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest is proposing to apply lime in the Lower Williams EIS project area to restore calcium and enhance soil quality.
Nuzum Road Right-Of-Way
Road right-of-way to cross approximately 100 feet of NFS lands to access private property.
Pheasant Mountain Timber Stand Improvement
Noncommercial crop tree release on approximately 1,083 acres to maintain species diversity and increase the growth and survival of selected hard mast-producing tree species
Re-issuance of Long-Term Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permits
Renewal of outfitter/guide special use permits.
Tub Run Abandoned Coal Mine Restoration
Authorize WV DEP to do restoration work on abandoned coal mine. Work includes reshaping land, covering acidic spoils, planting trees and herbaceous vegetation, decommissioning roads, and establishing drainage controls on roughly 15-20 acres.
Upper Greenbrier North
This project proposal includes: commercial timber harvest; timber stand improvement; spruce restoration; road decommissioning, riparian improvement, trail relocation, culvert replacement, and dispersed recreation site management.
Laneville Bridge Replacement
Replace the Laneville bridge. Construct short sections of new access roads and rehabilitate existing access roads.
Upper Meadow Prescribed Burn
Prescribed fire is proposed for multiple areas totaling an estimated 3600 acres. This will be a landscape scale ecosystem restoration effort in WV and VA, in conjunction with the Fire Learning Network.
This proposal will address maintenance of wildlife openings across the Forest through mowing, prescribed fire, herbicide, and other treatments, and will include long-term strategies for determining, prioritizing, and treating existing and new areas.
Cheat Ranger District Timber Sale Improvement
Fell small trees in young stands (10-20 years of age) to release desirable species
Marlinton Non-Commercial Thinning
This project proposes non-commercial tree thinning of an estimated 219 acres of young forest stands on the Marlinton Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest. The treatment units are within Forest Management Prescription 6.1 in the Forest Plan. MP 6.1 emphasis is to enhance the variety of wildlife habitat on the Forest, by providing sustainable production of mast and other plant species that benefit wildlife, and actively restoring oak-pine and oak-hickory communities. Some of the units contain oak plantings and the proposed treatment will improve their long-term survival rate.
Pendleton County 911 Proposed Communication Facilities at North Fork Mtn Communication Site
Proposal from Pendleton County 911 to construct, use, and maintain one 120 ft self-supporting tower and a 10 ft x 12 ft concrete building at the existing North Fork Mountain Communication Site.
Trailco's Proposed Use of an Existing Road in Tucker County, WV
Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company is proposing to improve and use approximately 0.25 miles of an existing road on National Forest System lands to access a powerline being built on private property.
US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposed Fiber Optic Installation at White Sulphur Adminstrative Site
Proposal from the USFWS to install approximately 650 ft of fiber optic cable through the US Forest Service's White Sulphur Administrative Site to provide phone and internet service to the USFWS's house that is being converted into office space.
Upper Shavers Fork Aquatic and Riparian Habitat Improvement
Project will enhance brook trout habitat in Upper Shavers Fork by constructing natural channel design structures, placing woody debris, planting trees in riparian areas, and correcting artificial fish passage barriers.