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.

 WVDNR Accepting Applications for Cooperative Research and Education-Management Grants Program


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Unit is accepting applications for grants that support research, conservation or education projects.  
“These projects are designed to enhance our knowledge and protection of the state’s nongame wildlife, native plants and natural habitats,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the WVDNR’s Wildlife Resources Section.  Nongame wildlife includes species that are not typically taken for sport, fur or food, and generally includes animals such as frogs, lizards, snakes, crayfish, insects, songbirds and others.
The WVDNR grant program has two categories. The first category supports scientific research that will lead to increased knowledge of the population status or natural history of a species of concern or greater understanding of the status of ecological communities. The second category funds projects that benefit nongame wildlife or botanical resources through some aspect of education, conservation, species protection, or habitat management and enhancement.
“Species diversity and ecosystem health affect all aspects of our lives,” Taylor said. “These are resources that people depend on for clean water, air, productive soils, as well as for raw materials.”
Applicants eligible to submit proposals may include formally organized clubs, organizations in West Virginia, persons affiliated with state or private colleges or universities, school systems, industry, research and other profit or non-profit organizations, federal, state or local government agencies, and private individuals. Full-time DNR employees may not apply.
The application booklet and guidance materials can be found on the Wildlife Diversity Web pages at www.WVDNR.gov, or contact Patty Fordyce at 304-637-0245 or patty.s.fordyce@wv.gov to receive the booklet or to get additional information.  All proposals must be submitted or postmarked on or before January 10, 2014.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor