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U.S. Capitol to go W.Va. wild-and-wonderful this holiday season

ELKINS, W.Va. — The U.S. Capitol is going wild and wonderful this Christmas as West Virginia comes to the fore as the nation's forest...

Purchase preserves increased habitat in the Canaan Valley

DAVIS, W.Va. — An almost 2,000-acre property purchased by The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia will preserve habitat adjoining the Canaan Valley National Wildlife...

Monongahela forest officials advise visitors to expect crowds

Photographers on Whispering Spruce Trail, Monongahela National Forest, Allegheny Highlands Region
ELKINS, W.Va. — In light of dramatic increases in visitation in the Monongahela National Forest in eastern West Virginia, officials are advising guests to...

Ohio River islands in W.Va. are a Noah's Ark for wildlife

Anglers boat on the Ohio River near Parkersburg, West Virginia.
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va.— As the Ohio River became cleaner in the 1980s, thanks to legislation like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act,...

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park pilots cashless fee collection

Tourists walk Potomac Street in Harpers Ferry. West Virginia
HARPER'S FERRY, W.Va. — Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia has instituted a three-month pilot program to collect...

New River Gorge ranked top national park for scenic views, activities

Sightseers gather at the New River Gorge overlook at Grandview.
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia has been ranked best in the nation for its...

Visitors encouraged to hike lesser-known New River Gorge trails

Elizabeth Slone and other members of the Friends of the New River Gorge are encouraging visitors to hike lesser-known park trails.
Even before it was part of a national park, the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia was a popular destination for visitors who...

W.Va. to invest $10 million at Coopers Rock State Forest

Overlook at Coopers Rock State Forest
BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced several new construction projects at one of the state’s most visited forests—Coopers Rock...

Ramp dinners across West Virginia growing in popularity

David Sibray holds a bundle of ramps harvested in West Virginia.
RICHWOOD, W.Va. — Ramp dinners in West Virginia are growing in popularity, and their non-profit hosts are benefitting from the burgeoning interest in all...

Monongahela National Forest unveils logo for Christmas tree

Spruce forests in the Monongahela National Forest will provide the nation's 2023 Christmas Tree.
Officials with the U.S. Forest Service have unveiled a new logo designed to commemorate the 2023 Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be harvested from...

Monongahela National Forest to conduct prescribed burns

Weather permitting, officials at the Monongahela National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns on 1,251 acres in Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Pendleton counties from March...

Monongahela National Forest sets opening dates for recreation sites

September view at Dolly Sods Wilderness, Tucker County, Allegheny Highlands Region
ELKINS, W.Va. — Officials at the Monongahela National Forest have announced the 2023 opening dates for developed recreation sites across the 921,000 acres forest...


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