Monongahela National Forest Adds Virtual Services


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ELKINS, WV (WVNS) – Monongahela National Forest implements virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and visitors. The action comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as directed by federal and state authorities.

Offices and campsites in the forest are closed. However, the public is invited to visit the Monongahela National Forest website for digital services and contact details for the various offices. Staff are on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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“As we face an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority,” said Forestry Supervisor Shawn Cochran. “We are committed to supporting our communities and fulfilling our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. ”

The forest is taking these measures based on the best medical advice available to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and promote social distancing, according to the Monongahela National Forest. Visitors to national forests are encouraged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention.

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Perry A. Thomasson