Fernow Experimental Forest celebrates 85 years

ELKINS — Northern Research Station scientists invite you to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Fernow Experimental Forest by joining a tour of research sites at 1 p.m. May 4. Participants will drive their own cars to each of the sites.

Please meet at the equipment sheds on Forest Road 701 (GPS Coordinates 39.060633, -79.669413) in Tucker County to begin the tour. Stops include a visit to weir ponds to hear about watershed research, a 1-mile walk along the Zero Grade trail to see the longest running forestry study on the forest and hands-on demonstrations of forestry tools. The formal tour will end around 4 p.m. with cake to celebrate the anniversary. For more information about the tour route, visit https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/ef/locations/wv/fernow/local-resources/docs/FernowVirtualTour.pdf. The meeting point (equipment sheds) for the tour is located at stop No. 2 on the online route map.

The Fernow Experimental Forest was established March 28, 1934, to address water quantity, water quality and timber quality issues. Today, forest health and clean water are still a focus, but data from the Fernow Experimental Forest also contributes scientific research on issues that had not been identified 85 years ago, such as biodiversity, endangered species management, carbon sequestration, atmospheric deposition and climate change.

For more details and to sign up for the tour, please contact Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy at 304-478-2000, extension 114 or melissa.a.thomas-van.gundy@usda.gov.

Additional information about the Fernow Experimental Forest and its 85th anniversary are at: https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/ef/locations/wv/fernow/.

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