What is it?
Forest Watch is not just “watching” the forest. Through our Forest Watch Program Wild Virginia participates in the management process of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest to achieve our stated goal of preservation of these critical forestlands. Forest watch involves a lot of hiking, studying, map making, analysis of management plans, proposed timber sales or other projects, and writing.
Learn how to join our Forest Defense Task Force and help protect Virginia’s national forests.
Our Forest Watch goals are:
- To monitor and minimize the damage caused to forests, water and wildlife by US Forest Service extractive activities such as timber sales, road building, and management decisions
- To prevent construction of new roads that further fragment forests and decrease interior forest habitat
- To actively reduce road densities in specific management areas adjacent to special biologic areas, Wilderness areas, and roadless areas
- To protect Threatened, Endangered, Sensitive and Locally Rare (TESLR) species
- To secure legislated protection for existing roadless areas
We do this through a variety of tactics and strategies including commenting on timber sales and other projects, encouraging and educating the public to voice their opinion, hiking and studying threatened areas, and in some cases litigating to protect critical habitat.