Franklin is one of 10 incorporated towns, considered Monongahela National Forest gateway communities, that have banded together to enhance local social, ecological and economic health and vitality. Known as Mon Forest Towns, officials are currently campaigning to add Seneca Rocks to the list.
“It’s exciting,” said Ciara Warner Lambert, MFT representative and executive director of the Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce. “I see it as a new partnership. We’re beginning in stages, and we [Franklin] have a foot in the door. The MNF opened up this program with a Hub Group, and Franklin is one of the hubs,” Lambert said.