Fernow Experimental Forest
|Fernow Experimental Forest|
|US Forest Service Experimental Forest|
Entrance sign along FR 701
|Name origin: Named for Bernhard Fernow.|
|Highest point||McGowan Mountain |
|- elevation||3,650 ft (1,112.5 m) |
|Lowest point||Elklick Run |
|- elevation||1,750 ft (533.4 m) |
|Area||4,700 acres (1,902 ha) |
|Owner||US Forest Service|
|IUCN category||VI - Managed Resource Protected Area|
|Nearest city||Parsons, West Virginia|
|Website: Fernow Experimental Forest|
Fernow Experimental Forest is a research forest in Tucker County, West Virginia. It is operated by the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station. It is named for Bernhard Fernow, a prominent forester in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
The area that now makes up Fernow was heavily logged between 1905 and 1911. In 1934, the drainage basin of Elklick Run in Monongahela National Forest was set aside to create the current research forest.
In the beginning, foresters studied high-elevation red spruce and the impact of fire on hardwood forests. The forest was closed during World War II but reopened in 1948 to study forest and watershed management in the central Appalachians.
- "Fernow Experimental Forest - Northern Research Station". US Forest Service. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
- Parsons, West Virginia quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5-Minute Series (Topographic). U.S. Geological Survey. 1995. ISBN 978-0-607-90756-8.
- "The Fernow Experimental Forest". Fernow Experimental Forest. Retrieved April 12, 2010.