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.

 Gov. Manchin Celebrates Donation of Jim Compton Elk River Public Access Site

6/30/2010

MONTERVILLE, W.Va. – On Saturday, June 26, Gov. Joe Manchin led a public celebration recognizing the donation of land for a new public fishing access site on the Elk River near Monterville in Randolph County. The land has been owned for many years by Grafton Coal Company of Bridgeport, W.Va.

C.E. “Jim” Compton, founder of Grafton Coal Company, was a well-known philanthropist, entrepreneur and advocate for West Virginia. He loved the Elk River, fished it often and wanted everyone to know of its beauty and natural resources. The newly named 80-acre Jim Compton Elk River Public Access site was donated to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources by the Compton and Corton families and Grafton Coal Company as a living tribute to Mr. Compton’s legacy and strong advocacy of West Virginia.

The donation ensures permanent public fishing access to key segments of the upper Elk River. Gov. Manchin told those in attendance, including members of the Compton and Corton families, employees of Grafton Coal Company, DNR Director Frank Jezioro and staff, local business leaders and trout fishermen, that “this generous donation guarantees that current and future generations of trout anglers will always be able to enjoy fishing one of the state’s best and most popular trout streams. “ 

The Governor also stressed the important economic role that tourism will play in the state’s future.  Before concluding, a memorial plaque recognizing the donation and in remembrance of Jim Compton was dedicated at the site.  

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor
304-558-2771
wildlife@wvdnr.gov