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.

 Rob Rice Named Chief of WVDEP’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program

5/14/2013
Rob Rice has been appointed to the position of Chief of the Abandoned Mine Lands & Reclamation Program with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Rice, who has worked in the AML program for seven years, was promoted to the position by Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.

As Chief, Rice will be responsible for administering the statewide AML&R program, developing and approving annual grant applications, and providing engineering oversight of project designs and project construction.

Rice has experience as a wildlife technician, a research assistant and in health and environmental safety, both as a consultant and in the hospital setting. He has a bachelor’s degree in science from West Virginia University in Wildlife and Fisheries Management and a master’s in science in Safety Management form WVU’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

“Appointing Rob, with his knowledge and experience with the AML program will allow the agency to have a seamless transition and allow us to continue to address the environmental challenges that often come with abandoned mine lands,” Huffman said.
Rice will begin his new position June 1.

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Protection