Associated Press Published

Parts of Monongahela National Forest closed for logging

Overview of Cranberry Glades and Cranberry Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Hunters and anglers who use the Monongahela National Forest will have to avoid a large area while timber is being harvested.
     The U.S. Forest Service and the state Division of Natural Resources say they’ll have to steer clear because of safety concerns while helicopters move logs.
     The work was set to begin Friday and could last as long as six weeks, depending on weather.
     The Forest Service says the closed area is bounded by state Route 150, the Williams River, Little Laurel Creek, the National Forest boundary north of Edray, and Forest Road 115B.
     The Williams River Road will not be closed.
     District Ranger Rondi Fischer apologizes for any inconvenience but says safety is more important.
     Travelers should also expect delays of up to an hour on state Route 50.