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The entire state of West Virginia is within the Central Appalachians Framework. The highly diverse mountainous terrain is more than three-quarters covered by forest. Oak and hickory can be found throughout the state, while red spruce, balsam fir, and northern hardwoods thrive at higher elevations. Major rivers-including the Ohio, Monongahela, Kanawha, and Potomac–support rich bottomland pin oak forests that are associated with unique communities at varying elevations. Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change on the Central Appalachians’ diverse forests will help us maintain their many benefits.

A key step to understanding the potential impacts of climate change in the Central Appalachians Region is conducting a vulnerability assessment. The Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment (2015) is now available online as a General Technical Report. For more information, contact Patricia (Butler) Leopold.

Use the menu above to explore Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Forest Adaptation Resources, and Demonstration Projects in West Virginia or return to the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework.


  • Brief

    Climate Change Response Framework: Vulnerability Assessments for Forest Ecosystems

    This document summarizes the scope of the vulnerability assessment, its contents, and the vulnerability determination process. It also contains a progress report that is specific to the Central Appala...

    Central Appalachians, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, OH, WV

  • Doc

    Forest Adaptation Resources

    Forests across the United States are already changing in response to the changing climate, and natural resource professionals increasingly need to address new challenges for management and conservatio...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, Doc, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • Doc

    Lessons Learned from the Climate Change Response Framework Project

    This document present conceptual and applicable lessons learned while developing the Climate Change Response Framework.

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, Forest Adaptation Resources, Northwoods, Partnerships, IL, Vulnerability Assessment, Demonstration Projects, IN, Doc, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI, WV

  • Brief

    Central Appalachians Briefing

    A one page description of the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework.

    Central Appalachians, Brief, OH, WV


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Demonstration Projects

  • The Big Rock vegetation management project will address the potential environmental impacts due to creating early successional forest; enhancing the growth and mast production of forest stands; and increasing wildlife habitat diversity on the Gauley District of the Monongahela National Forest. The purpose of the Big Rock Project is to implement land management activities that are consistent with the Monongahela National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) and will help to bring the Forest closer to the desired condition. The desired condition relevant to this project is for a full range of forest age-classes of primarily hardwood trees and associated understories to be distributed in a mosaic pattern, thus providing for the habitat needs of a variety of wildlife species. Harvest of trees is expected to provide sustainably-produced timber to the market. Roads and trails systems provide access for recreation, administration, and management purposes, including transportation of forest products.

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Patricia, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, WV

  • Staff from the Monongahela National Forest used Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers to identify actions to enhance the longterm resiliency of high-elevation spruce ecosystems under a changing climate.

    Central Appalachians, Federal, Patricia, Action, Demonstration Projects, WV