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Alonzo Beecher Brooks was born May 6, 1873 and lived near French Creek, Upshur County. Although his family had no money to send him to college, A.B. had a thirst for knowledge. He taught himself plane surveying and developed a map of every road and dwelling in Upshur County. A.B. used the profits from the map to fund his college education. A.B. Brooks was one of the first students to be instructed in forestry at West Virginia University.

Following graduation, A.B. Brooks worked as a forester in West Virginia collecting data and preparing a county- by-county survey of the state’s forest resources. After a short stint in the Conservation Department of New York, A.B. Brooks returned to West Virginia and published the book West Virginia Trees. This book was an identification guide for the trees in the state that included descriptions and detailed drawings of every tree species known to occur within West Virginia.

A.B. Brooks became the Chief Game Protector for the first Conservation Commission in 1921. Seneca State Forest and Watoga State Park were established under his administration. He later became the first Staff Naturalist for the Oglebay Institute. A.B. Brooks died on May 16, 1944.

In 1910, A.B. Brooks mapped West Virginia's forest land cover. To download a copy of this map, Click Here

WVPLT is an environmental education program that offers workshops to formal and non-formal educators so that they can teach youth about environmental issues and encourage them to make informed, responsible decisions about the world around them. For more information about WVPLT, contact Linda Carnell
(304)822-4512 or (304)541-8617 cell


Want to learn more about the trees of West Virginia? DOF Forester Steve McAnarney, in cooperation with the Tyler County FFA, created the following presentation to train FFA groups, Envirothon teams and anyone else wanting to learn more about tree identification. The document is in.pdf format and can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat.

Tree Identification Presentation

If trees could talk and we could listen, would we be wiser? The Forest History Society has designed a middle school curriculum to give teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. To find out more, visit the, Forest History Society web site

USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Accomplishment Report
The USDA Forest Service has compiled a list of accomplishments made in the field of Conservation Education during 2005. To learn more, visit this web site: National Conservation Education Program 2005 Accomplishments Report

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