Fernow Experimental Forest


[photo:] Morning fog in the central Appalachians.Fernow tours are available for groups interested in natural resource management in the central Appalachians.  The public is also encouraged to participate in special events held on the Fernow.  The annual Garlic Mustard Challenge, usually held in May, is open to anyone interested in the control of non-native invasive species.

A self-guided Fernow tour (pdf) includes 14 driving or walking stops at a variety of sites and provides an overview of the history of the Fernow, descriptions of monitoring installations, and summaries of several forest management practices studied on the Fernow over the last 60 years.

[photo:] Easter bluebell (Mertensia virginica) – a moist woodlands wildflower.A list of Fernow-related publications through 2010 (pdf) is available to download.  Copies of many Forest Service research publications and journal articles may be downloaded through Treesearch, the Research and Development online publications database.  Additional research publications, tools and applications are available from the Northern Research Station

Information on employment opportunities with the Forest Service are available online.

Hunting and fishing are allowed on the Fernow with the appropriate licenses.  Wildlife viewing, bird watching, and wildflower walks are popular activities.  Camping and the collection of plant materials are not permitted on the Fernow.

Additional information about the public forestlands of West Virginia may be found at the Monongahela National Forest and State of West Virginia Division of Forestry websites.

Information on the nature programs at West Virginia state parks may be found at the West Virginia State Parks and Forests website.

Some links on this page point to documents in portable document format (pdf). You may download free pdf reader software from the Adobe website.