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WVU Forest Monongalia/Preston

This property contains approximately 7,718 acres and is located 12 miles east of Morgantown on the borders of Monongalia and Preston counties. The forest is composed primarily of oak-hickory, oak-yellow poplar and mixed hardwoods. It is predominately an even-aged forest resulting from heavy logging in the 1930s when the land was in private hands. One forest manager and two research assistants oversee the management and maintenance of the Forest and the facilities on the Forest, including the Westvaco Natural Resources Center (NRC), the sawmill, the maintenance shop and the pole barn, as well as all equipment located in the Forest.

The 6,000 square-foot Natural Resource Center has greatly expanded the teaching, research and service capabilities available to faculty. The NRC houses a small field lab for sample preparation and analysis, a small and large meeting room, an open-air pavilion, a large kitchen, an office for the forest manager and an apartment for visitors. The Division has also worked with WVU Student Life to collaborate on the development of a Challenge Course in the Forest to promote experiential learning for undergraduates, faculty and staff.