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Portion of Monongahela National Forest Temporarily Closed to Public

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The U.S. Forest Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are alerting sportsmen and women of a temporary closure of a large section of the Monongahela National Forest, according to a news release from the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.

The closure is due to public safety concerns during a scheduled timber removal, and hunters and anglers who frequent the forest are urged to avoid the area during the hunting seasons this fall until it is reopened to the public, according to the news release.

According to Monongahela National Forest officials, helicopter yarding operations will take place on the Friel Laurel Timber Sale as early as Friday, November 1. During that time, the entire sale area will be closed to the public. Officials said this is the last timber sale in the larger Upper Williams Environmental Assessment.

The area of closure is bounded by State Highway 150, Little Laurel Creek, the Williams River, Forest Road 115B, and the National Forest boundary north of Edray, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Williams River Road, Forest Road 86, will not be closed, according to the news release.

The closure will be lifted as soon as the helicopter operations are complete, according to the news release.

For more information, contact please contact Amy Mullins or Rondi Fischer 304-799-4334 at the U.S. Forest Service's Marlinton Ranger District Office, in Marlinton, W.Va.