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Canaan group reviving Cheat Mountain forest, wetlands

DAVIS, W.Va. -- A former Randolph County strip mine site is once again home to woodcock, frogs, wetlands and bogs, thanks to an ongoing restoration effort led by the non-profit Canaan Valley Institute.

Executive Director Jennifer Newland says erosion from old hauling roads is being reduced, while staff is recreating a spruce forest and wetland habitat.

The old logging roads had been funneling tons of sediment into a trout stream.

The institute, headquartered in Davis, has already finished work on another Cheat Mountain project: Beaver Creek is now a vital spawning ground for brook trout, thanks to culverts and step pools that let 100 feet of stream pass under a railroad.

Both projects are within the Monongahela National Forest.

The institute works throughout West Virginia, and Maryland and western Virginia.



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