West Virginia

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Forest Action Plan

The Nation’s Third Most Heavily Forested State

This West Virginia Forest Action Plan provides a comprehensive analysis of forestry, forests, and related natural resources in the state. It identifies major issues and priority landscapes, as well as strategies to be undertaken in addressing these issues.

It also identifies the most pressing issues and directs resources toward areas of greatest impact. The WVDOF will strive to: reduce environmental threats to the state’s forests; make positive impacts on local and state economies; protect sensitive and important habitats, waterways, and ecosystems; improve the quality and condition of West Virginia’s rural and urban forests; and increase the public’s understanding of the value of the state’s nearly 12 million acres of forests.


Best Management Practices

West Virginia’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

West Virginia Forestry Publications

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