Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

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Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber management project prescribed to meet recreational, wildlife and silvicultural objectives. Silviculture is the science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests and woodlands. This tour is the opportunity for the public to learn about the project in order to provide written input.

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 savannas and varying habitats for different bird species, such as turkey, grouse and songbirds like the golden-winged warbler.

The project area 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 County Route 73/2).

Those attending should 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 2-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.

For more information about the tour or to register for it, contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley office at 304-256-6775, by cellphone 304-932-7105 or via email, Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend, please notify Breshock by noon Thursday, Aug. 14, so enough transportation will be available.

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News Release:  Aug. 11, 2014      

Contact:  Leslie Fitzwater Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov