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.

 National conference coming to West Virginia


West Virginia will host the 39th annual conference of the National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR), Sept. 25-28 at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels.


Formed in 1972, NASLR has roughly 1,000 members in 38 states. It is a nationally recognized authority on the reclamation of mined lands and advocates the use of research, innovative technology and professional discourse to foster the restoration of lands and waters affected by mining-related activities. It also strives to promote and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between state and federal regulatory authorities as well as the mining community.

NASLR President Joe Hager said the annual conference allows for states to discuss pressing environmental issues, talk about new science and technology and engage in a productive exchange of reclamation ideas addressing all forms of mining, not just coal.


Hager, whose full-time job is with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection as an inspector supervisor in the Division of Mining and Reclamation, said most member states with available budgets will send representatives to September’s conference titled, “Protecting Tomorrow’s Waterways through Responsible Land Reclamation Today.”


“Anyone who deals with reclamation is invited to attend,” Hager said, “as well as people who are involved with water quality associated with the mining or construction processes. Many of the reclamation and stream protection practices are similar.”


The conference will include a field trip, classroom sessions and a wide range of speakers on topics such as natural stream restoration; the proliferation of wildlife on mine lands in West Virginia; riparian habitat; and legal issues facing regulators. National awards for reclamation and community outreach, as well as a $1,000 scholarship winner, will be announced during the conference.


The conference registration fee is $150 and does not include lodging. Registration is by mail only and forms can be printed by going to NASLR’s web site at www.crc.siu.edu/naslr.htm. For more information, contact Hager at 304-792-8369, ext. 3326, Joseph.E.Hager@wv.gov; or Allen Kuhn at 304-792-8369, ext. 3328, Allen.D.Kuhn@wv.gov.


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