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.

 State calendar contest entries due by Oct. 1

8/17/2012

Those wishing to submit entries for the 10th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar photo contest have until Oct. 1, 2012. The contest is sponsored by the state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation.

 

Judges will be looking for the best photographs of West Virginia wildflowers to include in the 2013 “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar. Photos must be taken in West Virginia. Twelve winners will be selected to represent the months of the year and a grand prize winner’s photo will be displayed on the calendar cover. Contest rules are:

 

● Entries must be submitted as an 8x10 color print and must be landscape orientation. Portrait orientation will not be accepted. It is best to submit a digital copy on a CD at the same time.

 

● Flowers photographed must be growing along a West Virginia road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. Flowers may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the Division of Highways. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc., do not quality.

 

● Name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available) and a short description of the photo, including location and county where it was taken, must appear in the upper left hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos will not be returned.

 

● No more than three entries per person. One winning photo will be selected from any photographer’s entries. Winners will be required to submit a digital copy of the photo.

 

Entries should be mailed to: WV Operation Wildflower, Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest, WV Department of Environmental Protection/REAP, 601 57th St., S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.

 

The state’s Operation Wildflower beautification program is a joint effort between the DEP and the state’s Division of Highways. It includes more than 250 acres of wildflowers grown on West Virginia’s roadways. For more information about the calendar or the rules of the contest, call the Adopt-A-Highway Program at 1-800-322-5530.

Contact Information

Tom Aluise
304-926-0440