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Monongahela National Forest to conduct prescribed burns

Weather permitting, officials at the Monongahela National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns on 1,251 acres in Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Pendleton counties from March...

Applications for Outdoor Heritage Conservation grants due April 28

Families are touring outdoor heritage areas in West Virginia in increasing numbers.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is accepting applications through April 28 for large and small grants for projects that...

Gov. announces 2022 W.Va. Big Buck Photo Contest winners

Winners of the 2022 W.Va. Big Buck Photo Contest were announced today by the Governor.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice today announced the winners of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources second annual Big Buck Photo Contest....

West Virginia Trout Stocking Schedules: March 6-10, 2023

West Virginia Explorer Magazine publishes an updated list of waters stocked by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources as the division publishes announcements. Trout Stocking...

Oak Hill, West Virginia, ranked among safest cities in U.S.

Crowds gather at a community concert in downtown Oak Hill.
OAK HILL, W.Va. — Overlooking the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia, this up-and-coming community adjoining America's newest national park has been ranked...

Wreck of steamer Rebecca reveals historic danger of Ohio River

Artist's conception of wreck of steamboat Rebecca at Parkersburg in 1869.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Deep in the rugged interior of West Virginia, where rivers arise as tumbling young streams, it can be easy to forget...

Gardeners, botanists rally to plant native species in West Virginia

Bluebells fill a forest glade in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the Kanawha Garden Club and the West Virginia Native Plant Society are urging gardeners and property owners across West...

Sixty-five schools to compete in W.Va. archery tournament

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Students from 65 schools will participate in the 18th annual West Virginia Archery-in-the-Schools State Tournament on March 25, according to...

Monongahela National Forest sets opening dates for recreation sites

September view at Dolly Sods Wilderness, Tucker County, Allegheny Highlands Region
ELKINS, W.Va. — Officials at the Monongahela National Forest have announced the 2023 opening dates for developed recreation sites across the 921,000 acres forest...

W.Va. state park superintendents complete special police training

Superintendents at 12 West Virginia state parks have received special training in law enforcement.
TWIN FALLS STATE PARK, W.Va. — Superintendents at 12 West Virginia state parks completed training in February to become certified special natural resources police...

Simply ferntastic! West Virginia's many fern species

Polystichum acrostichoides thrives on a wooded hillside. (Source: Wikipedia)
In my humble opinion, ferns are one of the most overlooked groups of plants in West Virginia forests and woodlands. Here in Greenbrier County,...

Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards seeks volunteers for trail work

In the Allegheny Mountains, Dolly Sods has been a project of The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia.
A volunteer group that helps maintain the scenic Dolly Sods Wilderness in northern West Virginia is looking for additional volunteers to help maintain its...


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