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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 DNR to Open New Dents Run Shooting Range

9/9/2013
Dents Run Shooting RangeFAIRMONT, W.Va. – The newest West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) public shooting range will be dedicated at noon Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro. The public is invited to attend the dedication event.

The range will be open for public use the following day – Saturday, Sept. 14. The rules of the range will be posted and enforced. The range features four standard benches and one bench for the physically challenged.

The new Dents Run Shooting Range is located on the Dents Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Mannington in western Marion County and was built entirely by DNR employees to help control costs, according to Jezioro.

“The construction of this new facility was made possible through the cooperation of the DNR, CONSOL Energy and the National Rifle Association, and with the support of our state and federal leaders,” Jezioro said. “We expect that this new facility will receive a lot of use during the next few weeks as the fall hunting seasons begin and hunters start sighting in their firearms.”

Dents Run Shooting RangeRepresentatives of the various organizations, as well as Senator Joe Manchin, are planning to be on hand for the opening of the range and to make comments on the importance of the range for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts.

Directions to the dedication event for the Dents Run Shooting Range are as follows: At the junction of US Rt. 250 and County Route 1 (Buffalo Creek Road) in Mannington, take Buffalo Creek Road (CR 1) approximately 1.5 miles to its junction with Dents Run Road (CR 5). Turn right onto CR5 and proceed approximately 1 mile – entrance to shooting range will be located on the right.

Dents Run WMA, which encompasses 1,226 acres, is primarily forested and provides hunting opportunities for deer, wild turkey, squirrel, waterfowl and other game species. In addition, a 30-acre impoundment provides the public with warmwater fishing opportunities. For additional information pertaining to Dents Run Wildlife Management Area and the shooting range dedication event, please contact the Farmington District 1 DNR Office at 304-825-6787.

Photos by Steven E. Rauch, WVDNR District 1 Wildlife Biologist

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief
304-558-2771
DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov