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.

 WVDA Completes Gypsy Moth Treatments for 2012

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture-Forest Service (USDA-FS), successfully completed aerial treatment of approximately 38,550 acres for the purpose of slowing the spread of gypsy moth to forested lands within West Virginia.

“The gypsy moth is a serious forest pest in West Virginia,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “It feeds on more than 500 species of trees and shrubs, including West Virginia’s valuable hardwoods. I have been extremely proud of our gypsy moth programs over the years.” This program has been a model for other states to follow throughout the country.

“Treatments took place as part of the WVDA’s Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program,” said Quentin “Butch” Sayers, WVDA Plant Industries Division Assistant Director. “This Program specifically addresses the leading edge of the gypsy moth problem and determined that treatment was needed in McDowell and Mercer Counties in 2012, as a result of 2011 gypsy moth trapping.”

Tiny pheromone flakes (1/32" x 3/32" in size) were used for the treatments and were applied at 6 grams per acre. These tiny flakes are impregnated with a pheromone that mimics the scent of the female gypsy moth. Pheromone flakes act to disrupt gypsy moth mating by confusing the male gypsy moths resulting in a reduction in the spread rate of the gypsy moth. The attractant is specific for gypsy moth and no other insects. The STS Pheromone Flake Project was completed June 5.

For more information on the WVDA’s Gypsy Moth Program, contact Quentin “Butch” Sayers via e-mail at qsayers@wvda.us or 304-788-1066.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture