George Washington National Forest
The million-acre George Washington National Forest (GWNF) plays a critical environmental, economic, and recreational role for our region.
The GWNF provides drinking water for more than 260,000 local residents, and serves as the headwaters of the drinking water supply for 4.5 million citizens downstream.
It is one of the nation’s most popular national forests, and the largest in the East. Generations of Shenandoah Valley residents and visitors have enjoyed hunting, hiking, mountain biking, trout fishing and getting away into this treasured resource.
The Alliance and its partners have long been champions for careful management of the GWNF, like securing a widely-supported ban on destructive gas fracking and protection of drinking water supplies in 2015.
Senator Hikes in Support of Shenandoah Mountain Bill
The scenic area designation creates a special area within the larger national forest where the forests, vistas, and drinking water supplies would be preserved, while logging and industrial development such as gas drilling and pipelines would be prohibited.
Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area
The NSA designation will officially communicate to decision-makers that we want the things we cherish about Shenandoah Mountain sustained for generations and protected from threats to the clean air, water and habitat it provides.
AT RISK – Public Participation in Forest Service Decisions
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations that will eliminate public participation [...]
Outdoor Opportunities Enhance Local Economies
We are an outdoor recreation destination. That statement, from Luray’s Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator Liz Lewis, is simple and [...]
A Friend of Shenandoah Mountain
The Alliance board is proud to join more than 300 local businesses, faith groups and organizations to officially endorse the […]