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.

 Hunters, Churches, and the Public Can Help Support the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) invites all West Virginia hunters, churches, and the general public to help support DNR’s charitable Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program, according to DNR’s HHH Program Coordinator Gene Thorn. The HHH Program allows hunters to donate legally-harvested deer to certified processors so the meat can be distributed to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior centers, missions, churches, and community centers around the state.

“The HHH program has been highly successful since it began in 1992, providing more than 1.2 million meals to the neediest West Virginians. However, the program also requires cash donations to pay for processing and distribution costs,” Thorn said.

Since 1999, the West Virginia Council of Churches has sponsored the Share the Harvest Sunday to raise funds for the HHH Program. This year, on Sunday, Nov. 4, approximately 3,000 churches will be asking members of their congregation to contribute $1, $5, or whatever they can afford to the HHH Program.

“Many churches around the state have received a personalized letter asking them for voluntary donations from their congregation during this Sunday,” noted Thorn. “However because our database does not include every church in the state, we ask any church not receiving this solicitation letter to consider taking up an offering for the HHH Program. This donation can be mailed directly to the HHH Program.” Churches can take up an offering any time, not just Share the Harvest Sunday, and submit this at a later date.

“The general public can also submit monetary donations to HHH Program at any time,” Thorn said. “Without the continued financial assistance of churches, hunters, the general public, and the Governor’s One-Shot Deer Hunt, this program cannot continue.” Because state and federal laws prohibit the HHH Program from using sportsmen’s license dollars to pay for processing and distribution costs, it is entirely dependent on monetary donations, together with some grant funding.

To make a monetary donation to the HHH Program, visit www.wvdnr.gov/Hunting/HHH.shtm. Hunters also can consult the website for certified processor locations around the state. For HHH Program general information consult the website or contact HHH Program Coordinator Gene Thorn at 304-924-6211; Eugene.R.Thorn@wv.gov

Contact Information

Gene Thorn, Wildlife Resources Section