ELKINS, W.Va., October 18, 2019 – Monongahela National Forest is closing four areas in the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District to all public entry during helicopter timber sale operations in the Twelve Mile Timber Sale area. This closure begins October 28 and could last several months. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety during timber sale operations. When helicopter operations are complete, the area will reopen to public use.
The closed areas are north and west of Lead Mine in Preston and Tucker counties. Two areas of National Forest System land are included along Hile Run and one area each in Thunderstruck and Twelve Mile/Tanner Runs.
Travelers on State Routes 5, 7, and 9 may encounter flaggers when the helicopter is operating adjacent to or over these roads. Heavy log truck traffic is expected during times of active logging operations. Use caution when driving in this area.
Helicopter logging operations will shut down and the area will open for public use from Monday, November 25, to Saturday, November 30, for the Thanksgiving holiday and first week of deer season.
For a map of the closed area and the latest project information, visit the public website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf/ or call the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District at 304-478-2000.