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.

 Schools Encouraged to Start Preparing for the March 24 Archery in the Schools State Tournament in Charleston

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting its 7th Annual West Virginia State Archery in the Schools (AIS) Tournament Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Charleston Civic Center. The DNR anticipates nearly 800 students from across the state will be participating making this the largest indoor youth archery tournament ever held in West Virginia.

The AIS Program is the DNR’s largest and fastest growing educational program, reaching more than 60,000 students through the participation of nearly 300 schools.

“Since the DNR implemented the program in 2004, more than 2,000 students have participated in six state tournaments. Several hundred have qualified and competed at the National Tournaments held in Louisville, KY. This year we had several students participate in the World Tournament in Orlando, FL,” according to AIS Program Coordinator Krista Snodgrass of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

“With the interest in our state tournament, we’re encouraging all participating schools to start working with their students now to get their registration material in before the February 24th deadline,” said Snodgrass. “We are encouraging all parents, principals and teachers to actively support their AIS Program and consider coming to this year’s tournament. Schools can attend even if they do not have a full team of 12 co-ed students; schools can still be represented by sending students to participate in the Individual Division.”

Schools that have trained AIS instructors but have not yet purchased archery equipment still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament. “Certified instructors may volunteer to help with the tournament,” said Snodgrass. “In fact, it provides instructors first-hand knowledge of what goes on at a tournament, which would be of great benefit to their school. However, volunteers will need to contact us well in advance.”

For more information on the AIS State Tournament and how to get your school involved, visit the DNR’s website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery or contact Krista Snodgrass at 304-558-2771.

Contact Information

Krista Snodgrass, Wildlife Resources Section