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.

 Louisiana Waterthrush is the Featured Bird of the Month at Kanawha State Forest July 6, 2013

7/3/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A special bird walk and associated activities are scheduled Saturday, July 6, at Kanawha State Forest beginning at 10 a.m. The featured bird is the Louisiana Waterthrush. The activity begins at the campground parking lot and proceeds to Shelter #4. The interpretative activity is open to the public without charge. Activity leaders are Master Naturalists Sara Miller and Lynn Hartman.

Kanawha State Forest plans to feature a bird each month of the year to introduce people to more than 300 species of birds that can be seen or heard across West Virginia.

What is a Louisiana Waterthrush?
A bird of forest streams, the Louisiana Waterthrush looks like a thrush or sparrow; however, the bird is a warbler. This species has a relatively small breeding range, low overall density, and dependence on clear forest streams both on its breeding and tropical wintering grounds. This species breeds in the eastern United States and migrates in the winter to Central Mexico. Learn more about birds in forested landscapes at Cornell Lab of Ornithology at www.birds.cornell.edu.

Kanawha State Forest features camping, hiking and biking trails and an outdoor swimming pool open to the public. For forest information call 304-558-3500 or visit www.kanawhastateforest.com.

Contact Information

Kanawha State Forest
304-558-3500 or 304-558-2771
DNR.Parks@wv.gov