010040911 August 2, 12
The West Virginia Division of Forestry will be conducting a public tour
at Coopers Rock State Forest on Saturday, August 16, 2014. This tour
will be to inform the public of plans for a proposed timber
management project prescribed to meet recreational, wildlife &
silviculural objectives. Project plans include constructing a
designated parking area along the Pisgah road and developing a 2.4
mile road/trail loop. Wildlife objectives include increasing young
forest habitat, mast production, and browse, while creating
savannahs, and varying habitats for different bird species, such as
turkey, grouse, and songbirds like the Golden-winged warbler.
The tour of the Project area, which is located within the main body
of Coopers Rock State Forest, south of Interstate 68, east of the
Scott Run trail and west of the Pisgah Road (Preston Co. Route 73/2),
will take place at 11 AM. We will meet at the Day Use Parking
Area (located along the Main Forest Road, near the entrance gate).
Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather,
snacks and water. The tour will involve about a two mile hike on
uneven ground in the woods, with no trails. The tour route will
require climbing up some moderate grades and crossing a stream.
This is the opportunity for the public to tour the proposed project
area and ask questions prior to providing written comments.
For more information contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley
office at (304) 256-6775, by cell phone (304) 932-7105 or via
email at Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend,
please notify Barbara by noon on Thursday, August 14th, so enough
transportation will be available.