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.

 “Giant Bear” at Coopers Rock State Forest Makes Earth Day Debut

4/24/2013
Bear 2013 Earth Day sculptureBRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – A very big Eco-Bear stands on a rock surveying Coopers Rock State Forest. He was sighted on the forest on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, and will remain in place until nature reduces him to his components of woven twigs, grass, mud, hemlock branches, and natural materials. Last year a “Sleeping Giant” slumbered for nine months before he returned to the earth near the same location.

“The Bear is an eco-sculpture,” said Forest Superintendent Adam McKeown. “‘The Bear’ is an art concept of West Virginia University art sculpture major Ben Gazsi.” The sculpture, unveiled to the public on Earth Day, is located next to the main overlook parking lot of Coopers Rock State Forest in the picnic area. The bear is about 15 feet tall and three to four times the size of a mature black bear, West Virginia’s state animal, according to McKeown.

Sleeping giant 2012 Earth Day sculpture“The use of hemlock branches is impressive,” McKeown said. “The storms of 2012 left massive amounts of debris in the forest, more than Gazsi could use, but it was useful in the creation of this very cool art.”
 
Gazsi, who assists the Coopers Rock Foundation in trail maintenance work, contacted the forest superintendent again this year for permission to create the eco-sculpture. The sculpture, just like last year’s sleeping giant, will remain in place until nature returns the bear to the forest floor. Gazsi’s Facebook page, BenGazsiArt, shows images of the initial stages of the bear’s conception and developmental stages.

Coopers Rock State Forest is 13 miles east of Morgantown and eight miles west of Bruceton Mills. Its 12,713 acres are bisected by Interstate 68. Coopers Rock offers hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, camping and picnicking areas for outdoor recreation. For more information about the forest and activities, visit www.cooperrockstateforest.com.

Contact Information

Adam McKeown, Supt., Coopers Rock State Forest
304-594-1561
Adam.C,McKeown@wv.gov