The Deceptive Forest Historical

The Deceptive Forest Historical (HM1VZE)

Location: Lansing, WV 25862 Fayette County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 4.197', W 81° 4.561'

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New River Gorge

Notice the tree-covered slopes of the Gorge—they are not as they appear.
From here the solid forest cover from riverbottom to ridgetop all looks pretty much the same, but, a close look reveals great differences. The forest varies with slope, moisture, and soil type.

You are invited to hike into New River Gorge. Explore its varied environments and watch nature's recovery at work. Ask at the visitor center for hiking information.

(Inscription above the image on the right) Rapid RecoveryUntil 1873 the slopes of New River Gorge were virtually untouched. Railroads and coal changed that. By 1900 towns lined the gorge with many forest areas cleared for fuel, lumber, and building space. Then, coal profits dwindled, people left, the towns died. Now, forest is reclaiming abandoned town and mine sites in a surprisingly rapid process.

(Inscription below the image on the left) Scene near New River, circa 1915. Many areas were cleared for towns, mines, and industry. Forest reclaims those areas today.
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HM NumberHM1VZE
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Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 9:06am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 493332 N 4213578
Decimal Degrees38.06995000, -81.07601667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 4.197', W 81° 4.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 4' 11.82" N, 81° 4' 33.66" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 162 Visitor Center Rd, Lansing WV 25862, US
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