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.

 Black cherry is one of our most valued hardwoods

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Black cherry trees may be common in most parts of West Virginia, but the benefits they provide are anything but ordinary.

Black cherry wood is one of the most valued of all hardwoods and is prized for its luster and color. Furniture, paneling, tool handles and toys are just a few of the products that are made with wood from the black cherry tree.

These trees are great for drawing in wildlife that enjoys eating the purplish-black cherries as they ripen in late summer. Of course, animals are not the only ones who enjoy the fruit. Humans use black cherries to make jellies, preserves and wine, as well as eat them right from the tree.

Leaves of the black cherry tree turn yellow or red fairly early in the fall foliage season. When the leaves and the bark of the tree are crushed, they produce a cherry fragrance. Be careful, though; crushed leaves and bark are bitter to taste and can be poisonous to livestock.

The largest black cherry tree currently on record in West Virginia stands near Franklin in Pendleton County. It measures 82.5 feet tall and has a crown spread of more than 74 feet.

Bare root black cherry tree seedlings are available for purchase from Clements State Tree Nursery in West Columbia, W.Va. Clements, the only state-operated forest tree nursery in West Virginia, sells bundles of 25 seedlings for just $25 per bundle. Buy extra bundles to share with your neighbors, family and friends.

For a complete catalog of seedlings for sale at Clements State Tree Nursery, visit www.wvcommerce.org/resources/forestry/treenursery.aspx or call the nursery at 304-675-1820.

For more information about the Division of Forestry, visit www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist
304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102