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.

 'Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New' features footage from W.Va. State Parks

3/1/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- “Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New,” will premier on WVPBS Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

The 90-minute documentary is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with assistance from the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, organizations charged with protecting portions of the New, Bluestone and Gauley and the lands through which they flow. The producer is Russ Barbour.

“Three Rivers” examines the historical and ongoing relationship between man and nature in the region, and serves as both a travelogue and an examination of efforts to improve the environment, while promoting economic growth through tourism.

Jim Phillips, Naturalist at Pipestem State Park, says the three-river region offers the essentials for both man and nature to flourish, adding that, “If you’re gonna have wildlife and a good variety of wildlife, you need to provide them with the basics and the basics would be food, water, shelter, a place to live and a place to raise their families.” Phillips, Ed Wooton, also from Pipestem, and Sam Cowell, superintendent at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, contributed to the documentary.

The production reveals the area’s geology and geography and what makes the New, Gauley and Bluestone rivers unique when it comes to boating and enjoying life along these streams.

An examination of the events behind the establishment of both New River National Scenic River in North Carolina and New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia, as well as Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area is part of the program.

There is a focus on the role of flood control in boosting the region’s economy of the Gauley River, especially during Gauley Season. The production also examines the impact of industry, along the Bluestone, Gauley and New and efforts to improve the environment and quality of life, along these waterways.

To learn more about Pipestem State Park visit www.pipestemresort.com or Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, www.carnifexferrybattlefieldstatepark.com

Contact Information

Jim Phillips, Pipestem State Park or Russ Barbour, TV Producer, WVPBS
304-466-1800
pipestemsp@wv.gov or rbarbour@wvpubcast.org