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.