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West Virginia

Forest Action Plan


West Virginia ranks as the third most forested state in the nation, and second in standing hardwood volume. From the western Ohio River Valley counties, the southern coal fields, and the eastern mountains, the state contains a diverse geography and diverse range of forest opportunities and challenges.

West Virginia’s forests represent an important resource for multiple uses, including silviculture research, outdoor recreation, propagation of forest trees, fish and wildlife, aesthetics, hunting and fishing, timber production, and demonstration of state-of-the-art forestry management.

The West Virginia Forest Action Plan presents an overview of pressing issues, priority areas, programs, and partnerships, and needed resources to conserve, protect and enhance the state’s forests. The goal of the West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF) is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future.

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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