List of Projects

Project 04:  Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Long-Term Management.

In 1997/1998, the Army conducted an unexploded ordnance (UXO) removal project for 47 miles of Dolly Sods trails and for public campsites within the Dolly Sods Wilderness area of WV.  Since the 1997/1998 removal action was not expected to negate ordnance-related risk entirely, continued periodic reviews of the site are conducted by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with education of individuals who use the region, to ensure that the ordnance removal action continues to minimize explosives safety risks and remains protective of human health, safety, and the environment.  Institutional controls in the form of placement of UXO warning signs and trailhead signs at Dolly Sods were implemented and have been effective in warning visitors of the UXO danger, in increasing public awareness, and in ensuring continued safety to visitors.  Activities associated with the Third Five-Year Review began in May 2015.

 

Project 05:  Dailey Infiltration Camp - Munitions Response Site 01 (MRS01).

The former Dailey Infiltration Camp, located east of Dailey, WV, consists of 200 acres within the 2,180,367-acre WVMA FUDS property.  The Dailey Infiltration Camp was under military control from 1943 to 1944 and was used to provide small arms and obstacle course training (and possibly hand grenade training, although never confirmed).  A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2013 SI Report included a recommendation for a Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study. 

 

Project 06:   Ammunition Depot (MRS02).

The former WVMA Ammunition Depot is located about two miles north of Elkins, WV and consists of 4 acres within the 2,180,367-acre FUDS property. The Ammunition Depot served as the main ammunition storage area during the operational period of the WVMA and contained tents, which housed ordnance. All munitions potentially used within the WVMA may have been stored at the depot.  Previous assessment revealed no outstanding markers, building foundations, or other evidence of the former depot. A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2013 SI Report indicated that no further action was necessary, based on the analytical results and exposure pathways evaluated during the SI.  A Project Close-Out Report was prepared and the project was closed out.

 

Project 07:   Jenningston Training Area (MRS03).

The former Jenningston Training Area is located in Tucker and Randolph Counties, WV, approximately 9 miles northeast of the City of Elkins, and includes 40,000 acres situated within the south-central portion of the WVMA FUDS property.  The purpose of the training area was to provide division training consisting of rock climbing exercises and troop maneuvers.  Also, a pack mule training school was operated in the vicinity of the town of Gladwin.  No known training activities within the Jenningston area required actual munitions.  A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2013 SI Report indicated that no further action was necessary, based  on  the analytical  results  and  exposure pathways  evaluated during  the  SI .  A Project Close-Out Report was prepared and the project was closed out.

 

Project 08:  Fore Knobs/Bear Rocks Firing Ranges (MRS04).

The former Fore Knobs/Bear Rocks Firing Ranges are located approximately 7.5 miles west of the City of Petersburg, WV, in the northeast portion of the WVMA FUDS property, and include 42,000 acres.  The Fore Knobs/Bear Rocks Firing Ranges were used from 1943 to 1944 for artillery training (and possibly small arms training).  The Fore Knobs/Bear Rocks Firing Ranges served as firing points and target locations for 105-millimeter (mm) and 155-mm howitzer rounds, and potentially mortar firing and small arms training with .30-caliber machine gun ammunition. The potential munitions utilized at the site include: 105-mm and 155-mm high explosive (HE) howitzer rounds, 4.2-inch HE, smoke round (SR) and inert (sand-loaded) mortars, 60-mm HE mortars, 81-mm HE and SR mortars, and .30-caliber machine gun ammunition.  A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2013 SI Report included a recommendation for a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study. 

Project 09:  Bearden Knob Firing Range (MRS05). 

The former Bearden Knob Firing Range is located approximately 2.5 miles southeast of the town of Davis, WV in the northeast portion of the WVMA FUDS property.  The boundary of the 8,000-acre Bearden Knob Firing Range overlapped with the boundary of the adjacent 16,000-acre Brown/Cabin Mountain Firing Ranges.  The overlap consisted of approximately 1,863 acres.  The Bearden Knob Firing Range served as firing points and targets for 105-mm and 155-mm howitzer rounds and a possible anti-tank firing range.  The range was also utilized by the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  Radio controlled targets were fired on by .30 caliber and .50 caliber machine guns on tank destroyers.  M-10s were also utilized on the range.  Based on the results of the SI and the evidence available from previous assessment, it was determined the UXO/discarded military munitions (DMM) found within the area of overlap are associated with the Brown/Cabin Mountain Firing Ranges; therefore, the overlapping 1,863 acres is included with the Brown/Cabin Mountain Firing Ranges.  The overlap was excluded from the Bearden Knob project and the revised acreage for Bearden Knob resulted in a total of 6,137 acres.  A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2013 SI Report indicated that no further action for the Bearden Knob site was necessary, based on the analytical results and exposure pathways evaluated during the SI.  A Project Close-Out Report was prepared and the project was closed out.

 

Project 10:  Brown/Cabin Mountain Firing Ranges (MRS06).

The former Brown/Cabin Mountain Firing Ranges are located approximately 0.5 miles northeast of the town of Davis and include 16,000 acres within the WVMA FUDS property.  The Brown/Cabin Mountain Firing Ranges served as firing points and target locations for 155-mm howitzer rounds, 60-mm and 81-mm mortars, and a possible rocket range.  The areas around Beaver Creek and Yellow Creek were used as firing points for 155-mm howitzer rounds, 60-mm and 81-mm mortars, and rockets.  Brown Mountain was used as the target area for the 60-mm and 81-mm mortar rounds fired from Yellow Creek.  Cabin Mountain was used as a target for 105-mm and 155-mm howitzer rounds.  Munitions debris (MD) consisting of several 3.25-inch rockets have historically been found in the area.  A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2013 SI Report included a recommendation for a Remedial Investigation /Feasibility Study. 

Project 11:  Buena Small Arms Firing Range (MRS07).

The former Buena Small Arms Firing Range is located in Tucker County, WV, approximately 7 miles southeast of the town of Davis and consists of 50 acres within the WVMA FUDS property.  The Buena Small Arms Firing Range was used as a small arms range from 1943 to 1944.  The ordnance most likely used for training was the .22 caliber, .30 caliber, .38 caliber, and .45 caliber small arms ammunition as well as the MkII Fragmentation.  Hand grenades, originally suspected to have been used at the site, are no longer included in the list of suspected munitions used at the site.  A site investigation (SI) was conducted and the 2014 SI Report indicated that no further action for the Buena Small Arms Firing Range site was necessary, based on the analytical results and exposure pathways evaluated during the SI.    A Project Close-Out Report was prepared and the project was closed out.