Drinking water, forestland at risk

There's so much that makes the George Washington Nation Forest special. It's where Virginians go to hike the Appalachian Trail, explore caves and gardens, ride horses, bird watch and camp.

What's more, the GW National Forest is home to the headwaters of the James and Potomac Rivers, which provide drinking water to more than 4.5 million Virginians.

This pristine forest is special to Virginians. And that's why Environment Virginia is working to keep fracking out of the GW National Forest.

Drilling has no place in our forest

The U.S. Forest Service is writing the management plan for the GW, determining what activities will be allowed there for the next 15 to 20 years. Officials got it right the first time when the proposed a ban on fracking in the forest. But now, under pressure from the oil and gas industry, fracking may be allowed after all.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, wouldn't just increase air and water pollution in the forest. Each well pad involves clearcuts of five to eight acres. Fracking causes pollution that could even threaten the white-tailed deer, black bear, and other wild animals that make the forest special.

With your help, we can protect our forest

Your financial support gives our staff the resources they need to research, lobby and organize more citizen support to win. Your letters, emails and phone calls will help convince officials to protect the GW National Forest from fracking.

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