Laurel Fork South Wilderness


Laurel Fork South Wilderness

Geobox|Protected Area
name = Laurel Fork South Wilderness
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other_name = Part of Monongahela National Forest
category = Wilderness Area
category_iucn = ib



image_caption = Overlook of Laurel Fork valley along Middle Mountain Road on a foggy fall day.
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country = United States
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state = West Virginia
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region_type = Counties
region = Pocahontas
region1 = Randolph
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lat_d = 38
lat_m = 42
lat_s = 43
lat_NS = N
long_d = 79
long_m = 43
long_s = 07
long_EW = W
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elevation_round = 1
area_unit = acre
area_imperial = 5997
area_note = cite web |url=http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/rec/wilderness_areas/Laurel_Fork_Wilderness_brochure.pdf |title=Laurel Fork Wilderness brochure |accessdate=2008-04-19 |publisher=Monongahela National Forest]
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highest = Middle Mountain
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highest_location = south of Glady
highest_lat_d = 38
highest_lat_m = 42
highest_lat_s = 03
highest_lat_NS = N
highest_long_d = 79
highest_long_m = 44
highest_long_s = 14
highest_long_EW = W
highest_elevation_imperial = 3983
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lowest = Laurel Fork (Cheat River)
lowest_location = southeast of Glady
lowest_lat_d = 38
lowest_lat_m = 44
lowest_lat_s = 25
lowest_lat_NS = N
lowest_long_d = 79
lowest_long_m = 41
lowest_long_s = 31
lowest_long_EW = W
lowest_elevation_imperial = 3127
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established_type = Established
established = 1983
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owner = USDA Forest Service
management = Monongahela National Forest
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free_type = Nearest city
free_label = Nearest city
free = Durbin, West Virginia
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map_caption = Location of Laurel Fork South Wilderness in West Virginia
map_locator = West Virginia
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website = [http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/sp/laurel_forks_wildernesses.htm Laurel Fork Wildernesses]

Laurel Fork South Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in the Greenbrier Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. The Wilderness protects high-elevation lands along Laurel Fork (Cheat River) and is bordered by Middle Mountain to the west. It is a companion to Laurel Fork North Wilderness, the two being split by Randolph County Route 40. Laurel Fork South contains convert|9|mi of hiking trails.

History

The land that now comprises Laurel Fork South Wilderness was once private forestland owned by the Laurel River Lumber Company. The area was first logged by floating the logs down the Laurel Fork, and later by railroad. By 1921, the virgin forestland was fully logged. The U.S. Forest Service acquired the area soon thereafter, adding it to Monongahela National Forest.

Laurel Fork South and Laurel Fork North Wildernesses were designated in 1983 by the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia, Land Designations law.

Reference


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