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.
The forest comprises more than 29 percent of the land in Augusta and provides drinking water to 20,124 residents in the county and Staunton. The U.S. Forest Service released the final management plan for the George Washington National Forest November 18, 2014, which will guide activities on 1.1 million acres of public lands for the next 15 years.
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling on the U.S. Forest Service to add comprehensive drinking watershed planning and protection to the GW National Forest management plan.
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The comprehensive plan, maps, list of steering committee members and other information are available on the County’s website. Visit Augusta County’s website