George Washington National Forest
Sarah A. Francisco
Senior Attorney, National Forests and Parks Program Leader
Southern E...
GW National Forest sign
There are almost 1.1 million acres
in the George Washington National Forest.
Located entirely in the James and Potomac watersheds, the
George Washington National Forest is the largest federal
landhol...
Shenandoah Mountain
The George Washington National Forest attracts
more than a million visitors each year.
Outdoor
recreation is big
business in
Virginia – and the
GW provides key
opportunities for
these activities.
MOUNTAIN
BIKER
Ten local
governments have
expressed formal
concerns over
fracking in the GW.
Over 50,000 people and
dozens of organizations in
Virginia and the Chesapeake
Bay watershed have urged
the Forest Service ...
www.SouthernEnvironment.org
www.ProtectTheGW.org
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  • Introductions
  • Forest Service revising GW management plan, one decision will be whether to open GW to being leased for gas drilling and fracking.
  • And leasing for gas drilling
  • Tourism and outdoor recreation
  • Flowback. Surface water risks. Long term disposal difficult. Local wastewater plants can’t treat. Consumptive use.
  • Major industrial activity with large footprint on the land and communities. Observations from Wetzel Co. visit…industrial, construction type zone…muddy runoff from large construction sites…
  • Access roads for hundreds of trucks…
  • …associated infrastructure, like pipelines over every hill and dale…
  • and on surrounding farms, forestlands, and rural communities.
  • On the GW and in this region, impacts on the existing uses and resources on the forest...
  • Way back in 2011, FS put out draft plan proposing to prohibit horiz. drilling. Intended to prevent or limit shale gas drilling and fracking. Strong local public and local government support for that, as well as from others including three major metro water suppliers further downstream, both Virginia Senators, and the new Governor. Since then, FS has been “reconsidering.” Expect a decision sometime this year, hopefully this spring or early summer. Hope at a minimum FS sticks w/ prohibition on horiz. drilling. Now is important time for local governments and citizens to stay engaged and express their views and concerns to the FS.
  • Gw for ccwc

    1. 1. George Washington National Forest Sarah A. Francisco Senior Attorney, National Forests and Parks Program Leader Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville, Virginia
    2. 2. GW National Forest sign There are almost 1.1 million acres in the George Washington National Forest.
    3. 3. Located entirely in the James and Potomac watersheds, the George Washington National Forest is the largest federal landholding in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
    4. 4. Shenandoah Mountain
    5. 5. The George Washington National Forest attracts more than a million visitors each year.
    6. 6. Outdoor recreation is big business in Virginia – and the GW provides key opportunities for these activities.
    7. 7. MOUNTAIN BIKER
    8. 8. Ten local governments have expressed formal concerns over fracking in the GW.
    9. 9. Over 50,000 people and dozens of organizations in Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay watershed have urged the Forest Service to stand strong and protect the GW.
    10. 10. www.SouthernEnvironment.org www.ProtectTheGW.org
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