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.

 August is Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month

8/5/2011
August has been designated as Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Awareness Month. This is an invasive insect introduced from Asia that infests several different types of trees that commonly grow in West Virginia including maples, poplars, willows, ash, elm, birch and mimosa. ALB infestation will threaten timber, nursery stock, shade trees and maple syrup production in our state.

“With the recent find in Ohio, it is important that we are on the lookout for ALB,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “ALB has always been found first by concerned citizens. Their reports have been vital in making eradication efforts in other states successful.”

The ALB beetle is 1 to 1½ inches long with distinctively banded white and black antennae that are longer than the body. The beetle is shiny, jet black and has distinctive white spots on its back. For more information on ALB, visit http://www.beetlebusters.info

There are also many signs that ALB is present: shallow divits in the bark where the eggs are laid; sap seeping from wounds in the tree; dime-sized (¼” or larger), perfectly round exit holes in the tree; sawdust-like materials called frass on the ground and the branches.

“We hope ALB Awareness Month encourages folks to familiarize themselves with this beetle, the symptoms of its presence and to get out and check their trees,” said Forest Entomologist Tim Tomon. “If you see ALB, please call the West Virginia Department of Agriculture at 304-558-2212.”

ALB probably travelled to the United States inside solid wood packing material. However, several outbreaks are also known to have occurred due to the movement of firewood from infested areas to those where susceptible host material was available. Outbreaks in Illinois, New York and New Jersey were either eradicated or are believed to be on the way to eradication.

This changed in 2008, when a major outbreak was discovered in Worcester, Mass. To date, attempts to battle this pest have cost $50 million and required the removal of approximately 100,000 trees.

This summer, a new infestation was discovered in Bethel, Oh., near Cincinnati. This outbreak is approximately 90 miles from the West Virginia border. Since the discovery of this outbreak in June, more than 17,000 trees have been surveyed and more than 400 infested trees have been found.

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson, Communications Officer
304-558-3708; 304-541-5932 (cell)
bdavidson@ag.state.wv.us