Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Superintendent Benny McCune, right, presents the 2018 Tourism Person of the Year award to Mary Snyder for her more than 40 years of dedicated service to the park. S. Stewart photos

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

At the annual Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau partners luncheon last Wednesday, Monongahela National Forest Service District Ranger Cindy San-deno gave a presentation on current projects and future plans for the Monongahela National Forest and the communities it encompasses.

The Mon is a special forest in that it consists of nearly one million acres of land spread throughout 10 West Virginia counties and is the fourth largest national forest in the eastern United States. It is home to low valleys and high peaks, as well as plant and animals species, some of which are only found in West Virginia.

With such an integral piece of land, Sandeno said the forest service is focused on creating an atmosphere that not only attracts visitors to the forest, but to the communities in which it continues to thrive.

Monongahela National Forest District Ranger Cindy San- deno gives a presentation during the…

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