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.

 DNR Wildlife Resources Section Files Legislative Rules for Review

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has filed legislative rule changes with the Secretary of State’s office, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division’s Wildlife Resources Section. The proposed rules will be open for review and written comment until 10 a.m. August 31, 2012. The availability of the proposed rules will be advertised in the State Register. In addition, the proposed rules will be available for review at each DNR district office, the Elkins office and the South Charleston office. Individuals interested in reviewing the proposed rules should contact the Wildlife Resources Section staff at these offices.

Written comments may be submitted to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief, Wildlife Resources Section, 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303.

General Trapping Rule
Minor modification to language relating to the size of foothold traps which can be set under water, and the addition of state forests to those public areas in which a trapping permit is required.

Defining the Terms Used in all Hunting and Trapping
Modifications to this rule include removing language relating to amber, red and green lights for hunting coyotes at night.

Special Waterfowl Hunting Rule
Revisions to this rule include the removal of language pertaining to the management zones for waterfowl, modifying the language pertaining to the definitions of bait and baiting, and modifying the age of the accompanying licensed adult during the youth waterfowl season to make the age requirement consistent with the other youth hunting seasons.

Special Fishing Rule
The proposed rule change represents a clarification in establishing the no use of live minnows in certain waters as established in Series 60.

Special Boating Rules
The proposed rule change represents a change to the boating regulation for Ridenour Lake from no boating allowed to rental boats only.

Deer Hunting Rule
Revisions to this rule include language which addresses the checking requirements for deer relating to the change in the deer daily bag limit to two for all deer seasons, and modification to language which prohibits small game hunting during that portion of the antlerless deer season which coincides with the first three days of the buck firearms season.

This rule revises the current legislative rule relating to falconry to be in compliance with recently passed Federal Regulations §50CFR21.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief