CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Anyone interested in becoming a “friend” of West Virginia’s newest state natural area is invited to an organizational meeting Thursday, May 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Kanawha State Forest’s Nature Center next to the swimming pool. This group is being formed to support the new Forks of Coal State Natural Area near Charleston in Kanawha County.
The property for the natural area was donated by the Jack Workman family and is adjacent to the Coal River. It can be accessed from Corridor G a few miles south of the Southridge retail complex. When it opens later this year, the Forks of Coal State Natural Area will be the home of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District 5 office, including staff from the Law Enforcement and Wildlife Resources sections. The Natural Area also will used for educational and recreational purposes, including walking trails and a fish and wildlife oriented nature center under the supervision of the DNR Parks and Recreation and Wildlife Resources sections.