The Times West Virginian

March 11, 2013

Unique qualities

State’s forests provide abundance of resources, jobs and recreation

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — West Virginia is known as the Mountain State, but what do people know about the trees covering those mountains?

There are seven state forests and one national forest in West Virginia.

The state forests are Seneca State Forest, Kumbrabow State Forest, Greenbrier State Forest, Coopers Rock State Forest, Camp Creek State Forest, Calvin Price State Forest and Cabwaylingo State Forest. The Monongahela National Forest is the only national forest in the state.

Randy Dye, director and state forester with the West Virginia Division of

Forestry, said West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation.

“Seventy-eight percent of our total acreage is covered in forest, which means 12 million acres are forested,” he said.

Dye said of the 12 million acres, 87 percent are privately owned or owned by companies.

Dye said there are about 5,998 million trees covering the state.

“That means there’s 33,000 trees for every individual in the state,” he said.

Dye said each forest in the state helps provide for residents in the state, whether it be with jobs, resources, recreation or a nice view.

“Forests provide the highest quality of water,” he said. “And they’re the scenic beauty of the state.”

There are several types of trees in the state’s forests, including yellow poplar, red maple, black cherry and spruce.

“Black cherry is the most valuable because they’re the most desired for furniture,” he said. “They only grow in the Appalachian region.”

 

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