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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 2012 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars are available

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “The 2012 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars are now available for everyone to enjoy,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The cover of this beautiful wall calendar features an outstanding painting of a pair of wood ducks painted by nationally acclaimed artist, Adam Grimm. This highly detailed, lifelike work of art is only one of the 12 beautiful paintings in this year’s calendar. Other featured bird paintings include a ruffed grouse in flight, a red-shouldered hawk, a black-capped chickadee and a cardinal. Also featured are a black bear, Northern green frog, raccoon, monarch butterfly and striped skunk. The calendar features a rainbow trout and a black crappie for the aquatic enthusiasts. West Virginia’s state mammal, bird and butterfly receive a page each, all in the same edition.

Accompanying each painting is a brief description of the featured animal and the artist’s contact information. Feature articles include how to determine a fish’s age, the return of river otters, and freshwater mussel restoration in West Virginia streams. The calendar also contains the 2012 hunting and fishing license fees.

“The calendar is full of interesting daily facts, best fishing days and times, and monthly tips to help you fully enjoy the outdoors,” Taylor said. “Its $10 price tag makes it a terrific bargain and a great holiday gift. Everyone who enjoys and ventures into the outdoors will want one.”

The 2012 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is available at WVDNR district offices, department stores, newsstands, convenience marts and food stores throughout the state or through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241; phone: 304-637-0245. A list of vendors selling the calendars is available online at www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeCalendar.shtm. Make checks payable to WVDNR in the amount of $15 for each calendar, which includes shipping and handling (West Virginia residents add $.60 for tax; VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted).

Organizations, clubs and civic groups also can profit by selling the Wildlife Calendar as part of their fund-raising activities. Interested organizations should contact the WVDNR at the above address for more information.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief