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Local Governments & Agencies Supporting Fracking Ban

Local governments have written to U.S. Forest Service officials urging them to protect drinking watersheds and ban or place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing mining for natural gas on the George Washington National Forest.

Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling in the Shenandoah Valley

The first permit for hydrofracking shale in Virginia was proposed near Harrisonburg in 2010. Find out about the status of this permit, current shale gas leases, and other regional information.

The Economics of Fracking

Studies in New York and Pennsylvania are documenting the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) natural gas drilling on farming, tourism and other economic sectors.

George Washington National Forest Plan

The forest comprises about 4.54 percent of the land in Warren County and provides drinking water to 12,500 residents of Front Royal. Officials are currently rewriting the forest management plan, which will guide forest uses for the next 15 years.
Visit our GW National Forest Plan section for more information

County Revising Rural Zoning Reform

In December, 2010, Shenandoah County officials adopted a Rural Areas Plan – tighter zoning in rural areas, voluntary programs in land protection and close planning coordination with officials in the county’s seven towns – to help keep the county rural

GWNF Resources – Shenandoah County

Download: shen_forest_resources2.pdf (254.9KB) Profile of National Forest Lands per County, Shenandoah County: George Washington National Forest (GWNF) acres within the County; percentage the forest land represents of all land in the county: Shenandoah County total acres = 323,575 acres National Forest acres

George Washington National Forest Plan

The forest comprises 24 percent of the land in Shenandoah County and provides drinking water to 8,452 residents in Strasburg and Woodstock. Officials are currently rewriting the forest management plan, which will guide forest uses for the next 15 years.

Marcellus Gas Drilling

The Commonwealth of Virginia is facing its first Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling with a recent application in Rockingham County. Visit our Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling section to learn more.

GWNF Resources – Rockingham County

Download: rock_forest_resources2.pdf (264.5KB) Profile of National Forest Lands per County, Rockingham County: George Washington National Forest (GWNF) acres within the County; percentage the forest land represents of all land in the county: Rockingham County total acres = 575,910.91 acres National Forest acres

GWNF Resources – Page County

Download: Forest Resources PDF With Trout Stream Map (249.6KB) Profile of National Forest Lands per County, Page County: George Washington National Forest (GWNF) acres within the County; percentage the forest land represents of all land in the county: Page County total acres

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