Home to a globally rare natural community of conifer-hardwood seepage swamp forest, Canaan Valley is the most important wetland complex in the state and part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Priority wetlands Conservation Plan. The Department of Interior recognizes it as a National Natural Landmark. Habitat will be provided for at-risk species like the Cheat Mountain salamander, found only in West Virginia, the West Virginia northern flying squirrel, the northern goshawk, and the saw-whet owl. Conifer-hardwood seepage swamp and upland forest area on a private tract will be restored to historical levels after being saved in 2004 from development. The project has three-year funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; American Forests will support the planting of 500 Canaan balsam fir and 7,500 red spruce. The trees will be planted by The Nature Conservancy and community volunteers.
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