West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Additional Technical Resources

These are the rules and regulations of the Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division of the WV Department of Agriculture.
Established in 1994, the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service challenges West Virginians to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism. Part of the Governor’s Office, the Commission is charged with advising the Governor of strategies for using service to address critical community needs. Each year, the Commission makes grants to organizations and agencies so that they can engage AmeriCorps members to “get things done.” These AmeriCorps members, most of them recruited from West Virginia communities, tackle critical needs in the areas of education, the environment, housing, and family services. They achieve measurable benefits such as raising students’ test scores, building community parks, weatherizing low income housing, and helping people move from welfare to work. Along the way, the AmeriCorps members gain skills and earn an education award they can use to pay for college, graduate school, or vocational school, or to repay a student loan. The purpose of these guidelines is to describe the process you should use to apply for AmeriCorps formula funds for the 2008/2009 program year.
Informative fact sheet with questions and answers about the emerald ash borer found in Fayette County and the quarantine placed on forest-related products.
Informative guide on butterfly gardening.
The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, provides an exhaustive look at agriculture in America. The Census measures not only acreage and types of crops, it also looks at farmer demographics, input costs, prices received – you name it. In addition, the data can be localized down to the state and county levels.
Informative guide for creating and maintaining city gardens in WV.
Map showing the probable original minable extent of bituminous coal seams in West Virigina.
Informational guide on the Forest Legacy Program in the State of West Virginia.
The Research Projects Program provides funding for projects that benefit the state's nongame wildlife, botanical resources or fungi. Our grant guidance document gives a brief overview of the program and the application process.
The annual report serves as a snapshot of the agency’s continued efforts to promote a healthy environment. The numbers, facts and charts included in this report represent the many ways the staff of the various divisions work with the people of West Virginia to make a positive impact every day.
Informational guide about the Department of Environmental Protection that will enable citizens to become familiar with the DEP as an agency.
The Office of Oil and Gas is responsible for monitoring and regulating all actions related to the exploration, drilling, storage and production of oil and natural gas.
Didymo is a common name for Didymosphenia geminata, a freshwater diatom species that can form extensive mats on stream beds. The thick mats can smother native algae and aquatic insects, and make fishing very difficult. This fact sheet provided by the Division of Natural Resources tells how to identify and prevent the spread of Didymo.
Efforts to enhance fishing opportunities for children and physically challenged individuals have resulted in the designation of six small impoundment’s and one section of a river to be managed as special fishing areas. These areas offer exceptional potential for fishing success. Trout stockings are provided March through May and the users can enjoy fishing in a more relaxed atmosphere without the concern of competing with others to achieve angling enjoyment. In addition, there are several accessible fishing piers and stream accesses that can be used by a physically challenged person.
Interactive maps of oil and gas wells, abandoned mines, toxic release inventory, and open dump cleanup and landfill closure assistance projects.
Interactive maps of oil and gas wells, abandoned mines, toxic release inventory, and open dump cleanup and landfill closure assistance projects.
This page is for citizen complaints involving Dam Safety, Underground Storage Tanks, Hazardous Waste, or Water and Waste.
West Virginia is blessed with a variety of fish resources, including 178 species and 3 hybrid sport fishes distributed among 24 different families. Interestingly, approximately 20 percent are sport fishes, 80% are nongame fishes and 75% are found in just five families: carps/minnows (60 species), perches (31), suckers (18), basses/sunfishes (14), and catfishes (12). This extensive checklist illustrates the abundance and diversity of West Virginia’s fishes. The WVDNR is committed to preserving and maintaining their existence for future generations.
Information document defining a conservation easement and the rules, regulations and restrictions associated with such a transaction in the State of West Virginia.
The following questions are those that have been most asked as the Forest Legacy Program has been under development.
Annual report of the West Virginia Division of Forestry for the year 2006.
Report that reviews and summarizes scientific literature regarding the effects of timber management activities on flooding. This report concerns the storms of July 2001 in southern West Virginia.
Map showing the location of gas and oil wells in West Virginia, with major structural features.
Map showing the age of bedrock at the surface in West Virginia.
Guide to getting started bird watching in WV.
Listing of the frequently asked questions about ginseng harvesting in the State of West Virginia.
Provides a list of species and/or projects that are a priority to the Wildlife Diversity program. Other information about our research program.
Step-by-step guide for developing a local source water assessment and protection program.
Informative guide on WV Amphibians and reptiles.
Informative guide on bats in WV.
This directory has been designed to serve as a quick reference guide for consumers retailers and tourists alike to aid them in the purchasing of West Virginia products.
Informative guide on hummingbirds.
Website on a curriculum of environmental history. This 10-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.
This newsletter is published by the Department of Environmental Protection's Public Information Office.
Project geologists are mapping coal beds in a county or group of counties at a time. When completed, the statewide extent of each mapped coal bed will be available.
Informative guide identifying invasive plants in WV.
These documents show permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protection on a monthly basis.
A West Virginia Homeowner's guide to environmentally sound lawn care.
The Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act (VRRA) was enacted by the West Virginia Legislature for the purpose of encouraging the voluntary clean-up of contaminated sites and redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties.
The following policy has been established to guide employees of the West Virginia Division of Forestry in the activities and services rendered to private forestland owners. Supervisors shall ensure that all employees thoroughly understand and adhere to this policy.
Listing of consultant foresters who are certified to write stewardship plans in the State of West Virginia.
Field checklist for mammals of WV.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Meat and Poultry Inspection Division is a State-Federal cooperative meat and poultry inspection program. Our basic purpose is to provide for the inspection, labeling and disposition of animals, poultry, carcasses, and meat and poultry products which are to be sold or offered for sale though commercial outlets for human consumption; and inspecting and licensing commercial and custom slaughterhouses and/or meat and poultry processing facilities located in the State of West Virginia.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Meat and Poultry Inspection Division is a State-Federal cooperative meat and poultry inspection program. Our basic purpose is to provide for the inspection, labeling and disposition of animals, poultry, carcasses, and meat and poultry products which are to be sold or offered for sale though commercial outlets for human consumption; and inspecting and licensing commercial and custom slaughterhouses and/or meat and poultry processing facilities located in the State of West Virginia.
These are the codes and regulations used by the Division of Mining and Reclamation of the DEP to govern their regulation of the coal industry in WV.
This site provides coal production, employment, and injury data from 1996 to 2007.
Informative brochure on native mushrooms in WV.
Informative guide on native WV vegetation.
Informative guide on Neotropical birds of WV.
This guide is designed to provide an overview of public participation in the DEP permit application process and the steps to appeal a DEP decision. This booklet is only a guide and not to be regarded as a legal document.
This report details the findings of the WVDA’s water quality sampling efforts from July 1998 to June 2004 along the Potomac headwaters of West Virginia.
Spreadsheet to help standardize budget information submitted with the application package.
Informative guide for providing bird habitats in WV.
Informational brochure that provides the location, contact information and agency names for all of the Department of Environmental Protection offices and divisions.
Dynamic list of rare, threatened and endangered animal species.
Dynamic list of rare, threatened and endangered plant species.
This information on the Department of Natural Resources Website can be used report fish and wildlife violators or to contact a DNR Officer.
Video segment produced by the Department of Environmental Protection discussing roadway development best practices to protect West Virginia waterways.
Informational guide on the best practices for controlling soil erosion and sedimentation from logging operations in the State of West Virginia.
Informative guide on WV small mammals.
The purpose of this developmental plan is to: meet the requirements of WV codes, comply with U.S Environmental Protection Agency regulatory requirements, ensure that an adequate capacity of environmentally protective solid waste disposal facilities exist to meet the needs of the people of West Virginia, determine state actions required to meet the reduction and recycling goals and other solid waste management policies, and to provide guidance to local solid waste authorities and municipalities in meeting the state goals and solid waste management policies, through implementation of integrated solid waste management programs.
Both resident and nonresident physically challenged hunters possessing a Class Q hunting permit (permanently disabled in both lower extremities) may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest , portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest and on certain state-owned Wildlife Management Areas, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Map of all State Forests in West Virginia.
The second edition of West Virginia’s State of the Environment Report is based on a scientific approach to describing elements of environmental quality. To the extent possible, the report presents a numerical view of the air we breathe, the quality of our waters, and the land we live on.
Informational brochure on the Stream Access Permitting Program that is designed to allow landowners, following an approved plan, to remove debris and deposits of silt and rock from established stream channels and manage stream banks in such a way as to ensure the overall integrity of the stream.
Informative guide for supplemental bird feeding in WV.
This report details the findings of the WVDA’s water quality sampling efforts from July 1998 to June 2004 along the Potomac headwaters of West Virginia.
Helpful identification guide for trees found in the State of West Virginia.
Informative guide for creating and maintaining water gardens in WV.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture's Environmental Program serves the citizens of West Virginia by encouraging the farm community to continue to produce food and fiber for global distribution while preserving the surrounding natural resources for the generations of the future. A strong program for maintaining high water and air quality standards is achieved through the efforts of trained environmental technicians, laboratory personnel and environmental specialists. Participation in mutual environmental projects with other state agencies, national programs, and producer associations results in the department maintaining an innovative role in agricultural conservation.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture's Environmental Program serves the citizens of West Virginia by encouraging the farm community to continue to produce food and fiber for global distribution while preserving the surrounding natural resources for the generations of the future. A strong program for maintaining high water and air quality standards is achieved through the efforts of trained environmental technicians, laboratory personnel and environmental specialists. Participation in mutual environmental projects with other state agencies, national programs, and producer associations results in the department maintaining an innovative role in agricultural conservation.
The Wildlife Resources Section has teamed exclusively with Eyewitness News to produce a show like no other. Each week, the West Virginia Wildlife Resources Section and Patrick McMurtry, from Eyewitness News, will feature shows related to wildlife research and activities being conducted around the state.
The e-Cycling program was designed to utilize a system of shared responsibility to effectively address what has become a important and growing environmental and social issue - what to do with obsolete electronics.
Informative guide on wildlife habitat components.
Informative guide for wildlife landscape planning.
The Statewide Wildlife Management Program is designed to conserve and manage high quality habitats for a variety of wildlife species and to improve public access to these resources. Management activities on state and national forest lands include planting of trees and shrubs for food and cover, the establishment of wildlife habitat, maintenance of food plots, and the development of wetlands. In addition to conserving and managing high quality wildlife habitat, development projects improve public access and recreational opportunities. Construction of roads, parking lots, trails, and public shooting ranges are vitally important to wildlife management programs.
Take a virtual tour of the Wetlands of Winfield and learn more about this essential ecosystem. Plan your visit today with more than 50 hands-on activities you are certain to have a fun and educating experience.
The West Virginia Youth Environmental Program is a unique statewide environmental education effort. Participation in community environmental projects such as litter control, recycling, beautification, tree-planting, etc., enables a club to become eligible for over $11,000 in cash awards and scholarships.