New infrastructure projects will be moving ahead this fall. The bidding process closed in May and contracts for the new entrance and utilities upgrades have been awarded. Bear Contracting from Bridgeport submitted the winning bid.

Electric service to the site was connected in time for Discovery Day on May 5th. A new entrance closer to Little Coal River will be opened and a new sanitary sewer system will be built to service the new wildlife education center building.

Design Renderings for Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center: Front (above) and rear (below)

Forks of Coal Front

Forks of Coal Rear

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    Boy Scout built seven benches for Eagle Project

Bench sponsors have supported the Foundation and commemorated a loved one or special thought by sponsoring a park bench. All seven benches have now been sponsored. Plaques have been affixed to the benches with memorials and commemorations inscribed.  The benches are located at inviting points along the trails.

The park bench project was an Eagle Scout project of Life Scout Matthew Blackwood of BSA Troop 64. One additional bench may be built at a later date.

The Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation gratefully accepts gifts and donations from individuals, families, groups of friends, businesses and community organizations for Forks of Coal State Natural Area. The Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. For more information about the park bench sponsorships contact Kim McCluskey at 304/982-2008.

Donations may be made through our website.

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