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.

 Fall Foliage Takes Center Stage, a column by Gov. Tomblin

10/24/2013
 Fall foliage at its finest at Kumbrabow State Forest, which covers 9,474 acres in Randolph County.Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Commerce
Fall foliage at its finest at Kumbrabow State Forest, which covers 9,474 acres in Randolph County.
Living in a state known for its natural beauty, we sometimes take our forests for granted-even though we're surrounded by trees. In fact, we are surrounded by 12 million acres of trees, making West Virginia the third most forested state in the nation. Trees provide the backdrop to our everyday lives. They cover our mountains and line our streets, keeping our state green and clean.

Every fall, our forests stop being part of the scenery and take center stage. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures grow cooler, our hardwood forests turn an array of breathtaking colors before they settle down for their winter's rest. Visitors travel from across the country to see our glorious autumn foliage, sometimes spending weeks at a time "chasing color."

Foliage starts to turn shades of red, yellow, and orange at the highest peaks in mid- to late-September. As the fall foliage season continues, these brilliant colors slowly make its way down the mountainsides and wraps up in the valleys in late October. No matter where you live in West Virginia, you will have the opportunity to enjoy fall color each autumn, and after the season is over you can rest assured that you will get to see it again next year.

This is in large part thanks to more than 260,000 private forest landowners that own the majority of the state's forestland. Many of these landowners, with the help of our Division of Forestry personnel, actively manage their forestland, thereby ensuring healthy forests for future fall foliage seasons. You also can do your part to contribute to our future autumn color by planting hardwood seedlings like maple, oak and poplar - all available from Clements State Tree Nursery. Order online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery or call 304-675-1820 to request a catalog.

Every fall when I look out the window, I realize once again how blessed I am to live in this beautiful state. If you haven't had a chance to take time this fall to admire the foliage, please do so before it is gone for another year.

The Division of Forestry prepares fall foliage reports throughout the month of October. The reports can be viewed on the Division of Forestry's website, www.wvforestry.com, the agency's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry and the Department of Commerce's website, www.wvcommerce.org.  

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977