Things to know about plan for national forest

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 5:45 AM

Some things to know about the final management plan for the George Washington National Forest:

— Allows oil and gas leasing on 10,000 acres where there are existing leases, and on 167,000 acres with existing private mineral rights.

— Increases buffer zones along streams from 66 feet to 100 feet.

— Increases the areas allowed for timber production from 350,000 acres to 452,000 acres.

— Recommends wilderness be increased from 40,000 acres in six areas to 70,000 acres in eight areas.

— Recommends creation of a 90,000-acre National Scenic Area on Shenandoah Mountain.