Monongahela National Forest awarded nearly $7 million for deferred maintenance

ELKINS, W.Va. — Close to $7 million dollars worth of work on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia will move forward with an allocation from the 2020 Great American Outdoors Act.

U.S. Forest Service officials said the funds had been allocated from more than $500 million dollars for deferred maintenance to national forest facilities across the nation. The Monongahela National Forest will receive money to tackle projects which have been long needed, but were delayed due to their costs.

The project list includes:

–Cranberry Wilderness Public Access Project, Bridge Replacement over Williams River at Tea Creek (Pocahontas County)

–Shavers Fork of the Cheat Public Access and Habitat Improvement Project, Culvert Replacement and Bridge Construction on Forest Road 209 (Randolph County)

–Lake Sherwood Campground, Outdoor Recreation Project, Campground Rehabilitation (Greenbrier County)

–Marlinton/White Sulphur District Habitat Improvement Projects, Culvert Replacement on Forest Roads 296 and 298 in Laurel Run and Forest Road 999 in Williams River (Greenbrier and Pocahontas County)

–Cranberry Wilderness Public Access Project, Bridge Replacement at Tumbling Rock Run along Cranberry River (Nicholas and Pocahontas County)

–Dolly Sods Wilderness Public Access Project, Bridge Replacement over Red Creek (Grant, Randolph and Tucker County)

–Tea Creek Mountain Trails Public Access Project, Trail Improvements (Grant, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker County)

Officials say the work will improve recreation opportunities, access, and safety for all visitors in the forest.

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