South Charleston, W.Va. – Effective Oct. 31, 2011, the lease between the West Virginia Army National Guard and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) for the Briery Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be terminated and the area will be closed to public use, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

“The removal of Briery Mountain as a WMA is necessary because of anticipated increase in training activity by the West Virginia Army National Guard, which will restrict public access to the area,” Taylor said. “These training activities will create public safety concerns that are not compatible with the use of the area as a WMA.”

Public lands in the Preston County region that are available to hunters, trappers and anglers include the Coopers Rock State Forest and the Snake Hill and Blackwater WMAs. Information on these public lands is available from the District 1 DNR Office in Farmington (304-825-6787), the 2011-2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary and from the DNR website at

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