Shenandoah Mountain: Save our Wild Heritage!
Located west of the Shenandoah Valley in the George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah Mountain is one of the largest tracts of wild land in the Eastern United States. Shenandoah Mountain provides diverse wildlife habitat, outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, and clean water for drinking and aquatic life. It also helps support our local tourism-based economy. Our goal is to permanently protect this special area for the benefit of future generations.
Proposal to Protect Shenandoah Mountain
Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area - 90,000 acres of GWNF land from Rt. 33 to Rt. 250 (Augusta, Rockingham, and Highland Counties) with four embedded Wilderness areas:
The new George Washington National Forest management plan, released on Nov. 18, 2014, recommends the Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area for Congressional designation! This recommendation is a big step forward, but we must still work toward federal legislation. In addition to working toward protection of this large core natural area, Friends of Shenandoah Mountain continues to support increased management activities, through timber cutting and prescribed burning, to create young forest habitat for the benefit of many species such as turkey, grouse, deer, and many songbirds.
Friends of Shenandoah Mountain is a working coalition of local citizens, businesses, faith groups, wilderness advocates, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, and other forest users who are working to protect the wild heritage of Shenandoah Mountain for future generations.