Forest Service plans prescribed burns — if conditions allow

Three prescribed burns are planned for the fall if conditions allow.   The Bear Loop prescribed burn is located on The Nature Conservancy lands on Warm Springs Mountain and is 150 acres in size.  The 26 acre Warwick burn is located on National Forest lands in Hidden Valley, and the Panther prescribed fire unit is 900 acres and lies on both TNC and National Forest property on the east slopes of Warm Springs Mountain.  All three projects are planned for hand ignition using firefighting personnel from multiple jurisdictions.

The James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts of the George Washington – Jefferson National Forest continues preparing an environmental assessment for the Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project.   We are rescheduling the public workshop to Monday, December 8th , 2014 from 6 to 8pm.  The workshop will be held at Millboro Elementary School in Millboro, Virginia.  We anticipate presenting the draft environmental analysis at this meeting.  A final decision on the Lower Cowpasture Project which comprises 100,000 acres in eastern Bath and Alleghany counties is set for March 2015.

Employees on the Warm Springs and James River Ranger Districts are in the woods performing field work that includes; boundary line marking, creation of permanent wildlife openings, prescribed fire preparation, trail maintenance, general recreation maintenance, endangered species surveys, and archaeological site evaluations.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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