Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest scheduled for May 19

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Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest scheduled for May 19


BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) will conduct a public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, May 19, 2012. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber management project prescribed to meet recreational, wildlife and forest management objectives.

Project plans include constructing a designated parking area along Pisgah Road and developing a 2.4 mile road/trail loop. Wildlife objectives include increasing young forest habitat and food sources. Other plans include creating savannahs and varying habitats for different bird species, including turkey, grouse and songbirds like the golden-winged warbler. This is the opportunity for the public to tour the proposed project area and ask questions prior to providing written comments.

The proposed 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 Pisgah Road (Preston Co. Route 73/2).

The tour begins at 11 a.m. Participants will meet at the Day Use parking area located along the Main Forest Road near the entrance gate.

Barbara Breshock, state lands manager for the DOF, encourages participants to bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The tour will involve an approximate two-mile hike on uneven ground in the woods with no trails. The route requires climbing moderate grades and crossing a stream.

For transportation purposes, please notify Breshock no later than noon, Thursday, May 17, of your intent to participate in the tour. She can be reached by phone at 304-256-6775 or 304-932-7105 or via email,


For more information about Coopers Rock State Forest, visit the DOF’s website at


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Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102,

Barbara Breshock, State Lands Manager, 304-256-6775,





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