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.

 Forestry Honors Loggers of Excellence

2/13/2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­ State forestry officials have named 21 companies as West Virginia 5-Year Loggers of Excellence for completing five consecutive years' work in full compliance with the West Virginia Logging Sediment Control Act.

In addition, 121 companies were named 2011 Loggers of Excellence for their year's work in full compliance with the state's water quality and sedimentation laws.

All award recipients will be recognized at the A.B. Brooks Forestry Symposium in Charleston on Feb. 14 and 15, 2012. The 21 companies named as 5-Year Loggers of Excellence will be acknowledged in the Senate at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 in a resolution recognizing their outstanding contributions to the state's forest products industry.

Assistant State Forester Jeremy McGill oversees the Division of Forestry's Logger of Excellence program and said earning the achievement, especially the five-year recognition, is no small task. West Virginia's logging sediment laws are among the toughest in the nation. Even a potential water quality violation will result in being disqualified, so to be recognized as a West Virginia Logger of Excellence means you are truly working above and beyond the levels necessary to protect the state's water resources.

The program is based on a calendar year's work. Lists of 2011 and 5-Year Loggers of Excellence are available at http://www.wvforestry.com/lsca.cfm.

Contact Information

Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist
304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102
Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov