George Washington National Forest

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U.S. Forest Service Proposes to Chop More Trees and Cut Public Input

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Forest Service released a proposed rule today with significant changes to the agency’s process for considering and accepting public input, including a new loophole for commercial logging that would allow up to 4,200-acres...

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​Legal Challenges Filed Targeting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Approvals

Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, on behalf of a coalition of community and conservation groups, filed a legal challenge to the Virginia State Water Control Board’s approval of a...

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Decision Puts National Forests at Risk

Charlottesville, Va. – The Southern Environmental Law Center strongly opposes today’s U.S. Forest Service decision to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project (ACP), a natural gas pipeline slated to cut through 600-miles of West Virginia,...

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Dominion Puts Profits Ahead of Public Necessity

Charlottesville, VA — Expert analysis filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today reveals that Dominion customers will end up paying anywhere between $1.6 to 2.3 billion in unneeded costs if Dominion Energy builds the Atlantic Coast...

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Shared love of Shenandoah Mountain unites community

SELC has long supported collaborative processes involving a wide range of stakeholders to develop forest management plans. Recently, the public television series This American Land featured the Shenandoah Mountain area, which lies in the heart of...

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Award lauds collaborative approach to forest management in George Washington National Forest

The George Washington National Forest Stakeholder Collaborative recently received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s 2015 Partners and Community Engagement Award. The group was recognized for its collaborative approach to planning...

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Forest Service Protects George Washington National Forest from gas drilling and fracking

After years of hard work, SELC’s forest team reached a major milestone in mid-November when the U.S. Forest Service announced its long-anticipated management plan for the George Washington National Forest. The forest is now off-limits to gas...

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Conservation Groups Support Forest Service Decision to Keep GW Off Limits to Gas Drilling & Fracking

Charlottesville, VA – Local conservation and community groups expressed support for today’s decision from the U.S. Forest Service to make the George Washington National Forest (GW) unavailable for oil and gas drilling, except for a small portion of...

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SELC Launches Website on How to Protect the GW against Fracking Risk

The U.S. Forest Service is expected to announce in early 2014 whether to open Virginia’s George Washington National Forest to natural gas drilling and the riskiest, most destructive form of fracking. It's not too late to make your voice heard. SELC...

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News Advisory: Media Tour of George Washington National Forest as Forest Service Weighs Opening Area

What: A tour of the George Washington National Forest with some of the region’s most knowledgeable experts about this special area, in advance of the expected Forest Service decision in early June on whether to open up these lands to horizontal...

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Forest Service Expected to Issue Decision on GW Fracking This Spring

In the late spring of 2013, the U.S. Forest Service is expected to release the long-term management plan for the George Washington National Forest, at last revealing whether the agency will try to open up these public lands to horizontal gas...

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Forest agency to re-start planning for the George Washington National Forest

As the U.S. Forest Service re-starts its process to update the long-range plan for the 1.1 million acre George Washington National Forest in western Virginia, a broad coalition of citizen groups called on the agency to focus on protecting clean...

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