Spring 5K a great time!


We had some rain just prior to the start which perhaps kept some folks home, but a hardy group came out to participate in our Spring 5K and took home some fantastic momentos.

Below are some photos from the day as well as the race results.  Thanks to all the participants as well as our Foundation Board members for a fun day.  Special thanks to Mark and Eleonore Jones our race coordinators and to Adam Polinski for his wonderful hand made trophies.spring5Kstart

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Here are our winners!

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Race Results:

1 78 Colin Ware 19:17.1
2 80 Kari Selin 20:30.3 +1:13.2
3 57 Davd Wray 24:22.2 +5:05.1
4 59 Steven Kirchner 24:47.0 +5:29.9
5 85 Daniel Polinski 25:00.4 +5:43.3
6 84 Adam Polinski 30:05.4 +10:48.3
7 55 Jessica Summers 31:48.0 +12:30.9
8 72 William Kirchner 31:57.4 +12:40.3
9 58 Megan Kirchner 31:58.3 +12:41.2
10 83 Scott Daffner 34:34.2 +15:17.1
11 79 Nancy Pope 35:01.3 +15:44.2
12 87 Beth Hestech 35:40.7 +16:23.6
13 82 Audrey Longenecker 36:52.6 +17:35.5
14 81 Andrew Longenecher 36:53.4 +17:36.3
15 88 Dylan Butler 38:01.1 +18:44.0
16 76 Kathryn Gardner 39:10.7 +19:53.6
17 86 Josh Armstrong Jr 39:22.5 +20:05.4
18 75 Joshua Armstrong 39:23.1 +20:06.0
19 90 Becky Stemple 47:31.4 +28:14.3
20 89 Denice Lindstrom 49:44.3 +30:27.2



The first ever ” Coopers Rock Foundation Spring 5K Trail Run”

The Coopers Rock Foundation is excited to announce our first annual Coopers Rock Foundation Spring 5K Trail Run.    

The race date is set for Sunday, May 17th! Come enjoy our 5K trail run through Coopers Rock State Forest. The race starts near the overlook parking lot, and is an out and back on the Roadside Trail, with a lollipop loop near the reservoir. Registration is under a tent near the start from 11:00-12:30. The race begins at 1 pm.  Register using the paypal button below.Coopers Rock Cel.ebration 2014 017 (2)

 Register today using the paypal button below, and be sure to indicate your t shirt size for our very cool Coopers Rock Foundation 5K race t shirt!

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Let’s Finish This Outhouse Project!

Let’s finish this! The Foundation has a challenge for every friend of the forest. We have a donor who will match EVERY DONATION dollar for dollar up to $5,000.00 so we can complete our vault toilet fundraising project below. We have raised $17,000 so far, and have just obtained another $7,500 in matching funds from DNR Parks.
We are very close to our goal, and hope you will help us. Just go to the “donate” page on our web site; http://www.coopersrock.org/donate or come to the Black Bear next week. Any donations of any amount are much appreciated!

New vault toilet design:

'Let's finish this!  The Foundation has a challenge for every friend of the forest.  We have a donor who will match EVERY DONATION dollar for dollar up to $5,000.00 so we can complete our vault toilet fundraising project below.  We have raised $17,000 so far, and have just obtained another $7,500 in matching funds from DNR Parks.<br /><br />
We are very close to our goal, and hope you will help us.  Just go to the "donate" page on our web site; http://www.coopersrock.org/donate  or come to the Black Bear next week.  Any donations of any amount are much appreciated!'

Existing boarded up restroom at the day use parking lot:

Exisiting day use restroom closed due to disrepair

Sign up for Kroger Rewards and help the Foundation build a restroom!

Kroger Rewards:

If you shop at Krogers, please consider helping us by signing up in the Kroger Community Rewards program.  Your  personal shopping “points” are not used for this!  Kroger takes a percentage of the total money spent by participating enrollees and donates it directly to the Coopers Rock Foundation.  Everyone wins!  Will you help us build this restroom this year?

New Front Parking lot bathroom

Interested in helping?  Follow the directions below and thank you!

Dear Coopers Rock Foundation Inc. 

Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Your participants can begin enrolling online within 48 hours of this notification.  Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.  

You have been assigned a new NPO number 91572.

Please refer to this number in all future correspondence.


  • Simply encourage your members to register online at com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

Pisgah Timber Project Concerns



The trees in the Pisgah section of Coopers Rock are getting some much needed love and attention this February!  Thanks to Aurora Lights and all the area citizens who are stepping up and speaking out against the proposed timber project.   About forty people of all ages gathered for the Hug Our Trees (HOT) day on Valentines Day up in the Pisgah section of the forest to show solidarity for these trees and this region of the forest that has been left untouched by commercial logging since 1936.  Many believe that the best way to “manage” this section of the forest is to allow it to remain untouched.  

Please consider signing our petition for stopping the timber project by clicking on this link.


2014 Annual Membership Meeting a success!

Thanks to all our guests who attended our Annual Membership meeting at the Evansdale Black Bear. Special thanks to Senator Bob Beach who presented a CPP grant check to support our restroom fundraising effort. Great fun with a wonderful, talented group of dedicated volunteers! Thank you all for a very productive year!
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Mountain SOL presentation
State Senator Bob Beach presents certificate of funds for restroom project to
Foundation President Dave Hopkinson
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WVU Landscape Architecture Professor and Foundation Board member Peter Butler presents about the Summer Field School and other Historic Preservation initiatives he has led this year.
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Cultural History Professor Jenny Boulware informs the group about a project her class worked on to explore the history of the forest.
DOE Project Leader and Foundation Board member Ted McMahon updates the members on the progress made this year to restore the historic CCC fireplaces and picnic areas.

2014 trail work season ends with a successful weekend of completed projects

Below is a report from our amazing volunteer trail work coordinator, Adam Polinski about the final trail work projects of 2014.  For Adam and the Foundation, this marks the 25th consecutive year of trail work up at Coopers.  Thank you Adam, and thank you to all our volunteers!  We could not do this without you all!
Thursday, 10/30
3 volunteers, me, and Larry Baber, DNR Parks & Recreation Section succeeded in top-coating about 210′ feet of Roadside Trail in ‘the Conifer Section’ of the trail between the Reservoir Parking Lot and the water tank.  We took the segment of trail with the highest concentration of exposed roots and made it into one of the smoothest sections of trail.  Larry very skillfully operated a front-end loader.
  Saturday, 11/1
11 volunteers and I put in two new Sapling Enclosures in the Overlook Picnic Area.  These are between the right or north side of the Large Gravel Parking Lot, and the round CCC Spring House just below Roadside Trail.  Each has a few dozen trees planted within a fenced-area of approx. 150′ in circumference, with two interpretive signs mounted on the fence (same signs as on the original ‘plantation’ between Restroom and Playground).  We also added to the lining/delineating of Roadside Trail within the Overlook Picnic Area by ‘planting rocks’ just as the CCC did around the perimeter of the Overlook
  Sunday, 11/2
40 volunteers and I worked on several projects between the black & white “SALT SAND” Sign in the southwest corner of the Large  Gravel Parking Lot, and Haystack Rock.  We cleaned off graffiti, delineated segments of trail in the trail network down there using fallen brush and branches, moved a gigantic fallen tree that was across Underlook Trail (but no more!), and improved upon the reroute that was put in on 10/19 by building better stone stairs through that stretch.  Also, some of us did drainage maintenance along the first 1/3 mile of Roadside Trail closest to I-68.
  We got a lot done and I am glad of it but am now tuckered out.  This flurry of work days is over and I have no more large volunteer days planned in 2014.  Perhaps a few small sessions with a handful of volunteers but no more big ones.

Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014 a huge success!

Our Rocky Habitat Restoration Day on Sunday, October 19 was a huge success with 87 volunteers from three area Universities and the region. Thank you to all who shared in the work of this day of restoration of the rim rock ecosystems at Coopers.  A special thanks to Greg Curio and Brett Hagerty of Adventure WV,  Jan Kiger of Fairmont State University, and Janet Paladino, from Waynesburg University for their leadership and inspiring students to volunteer their time. 



Adam welcoming voluteers to Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014