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.

 Thousands Of Bats Dying In Caves In Northeast


Charleston, W.Va. - Thousands of bats have been found dead or dying in caves and mines in New York state.  The cause is a mysterious condition known as "White Nose Syndrome" because a white fungus is present on the muzzles of affected bats.  The condition was first discovered in four caves in New York in 2007 but it has now been confirmed in 15 caves and mines, including sites in Vermont and Massachusetts as well as additional caves in New York.  The sites where White Nose Syndrome has been confirmed contain approximately 400,000 hibernating bats.  Many more caves could be impacted if this condition spreads. 
If this condition is introduced into West Virginia it could devastate populations of bats that reside in the state's numerous caves.   Because all bats in the region feed solely on insects, the loss of significant numbers of bats would reduce the benefits these mammals provide in controlling insect populations, including species that may be pests to humans.  The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are soliciting the help of cavers and cave owners to keep this condition out of the state's important bat caves.

As with other emerging wildlife issues, answers are not coming quickly despite the efforts of several colleges, universities and wildlife-disease laboratories across the nation.  Although officials do not know the cause of the problem, what is known is that affected bats appear to have used up their winter fat stores early in the season and may not be able to survive the winter.  The fungus apparent on the bats may not be the cause of the problem, but may be a secondary infection of bats weakened by some other condition.  The actual cause may be fungal, viral, bacterial or some other agent.

It is not known how this syndrome is spread.  It may be spread by cave soil that is transferred from cave to cave by cavers.  Until officials know more, they need to presume this is a possible means by which the disease spreads.  If it is carried from cave to cave by the bats themselves, there may be little that can be done to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome.  Potential risks to humans are being assessed. 

Bat surveys conducted by the WVDNR this winter have not detected White Nose Syndrome in West Virginia.  To reduce the risk of this syndrome being introduced into bat populations in caves in West Virginia, a list of important bat caves has been developed, and the WVDNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking people to avoid these caves and to minimize caving in West Virginia until more is known. Guidelines are being developed for cavers to follow when visiting caves in West Virginia (these will minimize the likelihood of spreading this problem) and what to do if an affected bat is observed (these will help biologists keep up with the spread of this problem).  Up-to-date information on White Nose Syndrome, including the list of closed caves, a notice to cavers planning to visit West Virginia and recommendations for cavers in the Northeast can be found at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/white_nose.html.

Contact Information

Craig Stihle
(304) 637-0245