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.

 No Periodical Cicadas in West Virginia This Spring

Periodical Cicada Brood II emergence has been in the news a lot lately, but West Virginia doesn’t have anything to worry about. According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Brood II doesn’t occur in West Virginia. However, they should be showing up pretty soon in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

“The Department has been receiving a lot of calls about periodical cicadas,” said Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick “but we aren’t scheduled for an emergence until 2016.”

Periodical cicadas, also known as 17-year locusts, have different emergence years and are grouped in numbered broods. Broods I, V, VIII, IX, X, and XIV are the ones that occur in West Virginia. “Brood V, scheduled to arrive in 2016, will occur over a large percentage of the state,” said Sherrie Hutchinson, WVDA’s Director of Plant Industries Division. “The other broods aren’t quite as large and occur at different times over different areas of the state.”

For more information or a brochure on the periodical cicadas of West Virginia, which includes a brood map, contact the WVDA Plant Industries Division at 304-558-2212.

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WVDA Plant Industries Division