ELKINS, W.Va., (Hinton News) – Helicopter logging operations are scheduled to begin on or around March 28 in the West Fork Timber Sale north of Bartow in Pocahontas County on Monongahela National Forest.
Two areas of this project will be logged using helicopters. National Forest System lands in both areas will be closed to public use during helicopter logging operations to provide for public safety. Please obey all posted signs.
The Span Oak closure is bounded by Span Oak Run and Elklick Run north of Bartow. Forest Road 224 (Span Oak Road), typically open to Class Q hunters, is within this area and will be closed to all use during this project. Heavy log truck traffic is expected on County Route 250/4 (John’s Run Road) during times of active logging operations. Use caution when driving in this area.
The Forest Road 475 closure includes closing the entirety of Forest Road 475 and is bounded by U.S. Route 250 and a line 200 feet west of the Shaver’s Fork River west of Durbin. This will allow for fishing to continue in and along the Shaver’s Fork. Allegheny Trail users hiking the “high-water route” must bypass the closed area by using State Route 250/1 and U.S. 250.
For more information, contact the Greenbrier Ranger District at 304-456-3335. Additional information and updates will be posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf.