The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 9, 2013

Public invited to comment on Greenbrier Forest plan

The public is invited to review and comment on a resources management plan that has been drafted by the state Division of Forestry for Greenbrier State Forest.

If adopted, this plan will govern the years 2012-2022, replacing the last plan, which was approved in 1998.

The proposed management plan covers such goals as improvements to the forest’s road system, including completion of a road already started on the western side of Kate’s Mountain, and development of an interpretive nature trail.

Timber management on the 5,133-acre forest, located near White Sulphur Springs, is a major issue. According to the draft plan, approximately 2.7 million board feet of timber has been harvested from Greenbrier State Forest since 2001. The plan notes that 39 million board feet of timber existed in the forest as of the time of the last inventory, in 2009.

The draft plan also catalogs the forest’s 12 permanent trails and makes note of several “special use” trails, including a new bicycle trail that will eventually run the length of the forest, parallel to Hart’s Run Road.

A public meeting Tuesday in White Sulphur Springs was to allow interested people to review the draft and ask questions of Forestry officials.

Written comments on the draft plan will be accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Comments should be directed to Barbara Breshock, state lands manager, 330 Harper Park Drive, Suite J, Beckley, WV 25801. Comments may also be faxed to 304-256-6770.

The plan can be reviewed online at www.wvforestry.com, at the Division of Forestry’s office in Beckley or at the Greenbrier State Forest superintendent’s office.

— E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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