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West Virginia’s first forester’s influence is still felt today


Does the name A.B. Brooks sound familiar to you?
Perhaps you’ve hiked the A.B. Brooks Discovery Trails at Oglebay Resort. Or visited Brooks Hall at West Virginia University’s main campus. Or maybe even attended a meeting of the Brooks Bird Club, a national organization headquartered in Wheeling.
All those bear the name of Alonzo Beecher Brooks. Born in 1873 in French Creek, Brooks was a conservationist and nature educator who would one day gain fame as West Virginias first forester.
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