|In 1915, 7,200 acres were acquired to
begin the forest, called the Monongahela Purchase, and then on April
28, 1920 it became the Monongahela National Forest. Today the forest
is over 909,000 acres in federal ownership in 10 counties in West
Virginia, making it the fourth largest National Forest in 20
northeastern states. It is within one day's drive of one-third of the
population of the United States.