Fernow Experimental Forest

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Fernow Experimental Forest
US Forest Service Experimental Forest
Fernow Experimental Forest - Entrance Sign.jpg
Entrance sign along FR 701
Name origin: Named for Bernhard Fernow.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Tucker
Coordinates 39°03′15″N 79°41′15″W / 39.05417°N 79.68750°W / 39.05417; -79.68750Coordinates: 39°03′15″N 79°41′15″W / 39.05417°N 79.68750°W / 39.05417; -79.68750 [1]
Highest point McGowan Mountain [2]
 - elevation 3,650 ft (1,112.5 m) [3]
 - coordinates 39°01′51″N 79°40′27″W / 39.03083°N 79.67417°W / 39.03083; -79.67417
Lowest point Elklick Run [2]
 - elevation 1,750 ft (533.4 m) [3]
 - coordinates 39°04′39″N 79°38′57″W / 39.07750°N 79.64917°W / 39.07750; -79.64917
Area 4,700 acres (1,902.0 ha) [3]
Established 1934 [1]
Owner US Forest Service
IUCN category VI - Managed Resource Protected Area
Nearest city Parsons, West Virginia
Location of Fernow Experimental Forest in 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.[1]


The area that now makes up Fernow was heavily logged between 1905 and 1911.[1] In 1934, the drainage basin of Elklick Run in Monongahela National Forest was set aside to create the current research forest.[1][2]

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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Fernow Experimental Forest - Northern Research Station". US Forest Service. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Parsons, West Virginia quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5-Minute Series (Topographic). U.S. Geological Survey. 1995. ISBN 978-0-607-90756-8. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Fernow Experimental Forest". Fernow Experimental Forest. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 

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