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.

 Governor Declares April Arbor Month

4/11/2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – By official proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin designated April to be Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia.

“West Virginians value trees and forests,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Our 12 million acres of forestland provide clean air and water, beautify our landscape, provide shelter and food for our wildlife and support employment for thousands of workers.”

West Virginia’s official Arbor Day is the second Friday of April, April 13 this year. However, celebrations are scheduled throughout the month in communities all across the state.

Certified Tree City USA communities will hold Arbor Day celebrations, including
  • April 13: Huntington, Williamstown and Petersburg
  • April 17: Bluefield
  • April 19: Hinton, Ronceverte and Lewisburg
  • April 27: Elkins, Parkersburg and Summersville
  • April 28: Harpers Ferry
  • May 2: Follansbee
  • May 4: Charles Town

Several facilities, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, have events planned as well.

National Arbor Day is the last Friday of April, April 27 this year. Many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to the best tree-planting times.

For more information about Arbor Day and Arbor Month, contact Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Bob Hannah at 304-825-6983 or visit the Division of Forestry’s website, www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Bob Hannah, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator
304-825-6983
Robert.L.Hannah@wv.gov