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Restoration of historic Blue Sulphur Springs pavilion expected soon

Editor David Sibray visits the pavilion at Blue Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Now undergoing restoration.
One of the state's most evocative historic landmarks, the pavilion at Blue Sulphur Springs could be restored to its original appearance by 2023 and...

Park service to plug and clean orphaned well near Gauley River

The park will re-seed the half-acre pad where the well currently stands.
The National Park Service has received approximately $9.8 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to plug, remediate, and reclaim abandoned oil and...

Three new Civil War heritage signs installed in Wheeling

Chris Brown (left) and Drew Gruber (right) pose with the completed sign at Independence Hall.
Three new Civil War Trails signs have been installed in Wheeling, West Virginia, the first phase of a project focused on updating content and...

Forest Service invests $6 million in deferred maintenance in W.Va.

Morning dawns in the Monongahela National Forest in eastern West Virginia.
The Monongahela National Forest has received $6 million in funding from the 2020 Great American Outdoors Act to support seven projects across the Forest...

West Virginia native plant ideal groundcover in shade

Meehania cordata blossoms at Sunshine Farm and Gardens Wholesale Nursery.
When botanist Thomas Meehan died in 1901, I'm sure he went to the big forest in the sky feeling proud that Nathaniel Lord Britton...

Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake to open May 20

Giant inflatable toys await swimmers at the beach at Tygart Lake State Park. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake state parks are set to open on May 20, and officials are encouraging travelers to book...

Lost W.Va. saltworks known to only a few locals, adventurers

David Sibray inspects stonework in a thicket near the old saltworks.
The legend of the lost Mercer Saltworks near the New River in southern West Virginia may be remembered now by only a few locals...

Angler catches W.Va. record muskie in Braxton County

West Virginia fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager (left) with Lucas King (right) holding King's record musky.
West Virginia officials have confirmed that on Saturday, March 19, Lucas King, of Burnsville, West Virginia, caught and released a new Mountain State record...

Institute infuses W.Va. syrup-making with innovation

Tim Mathis and son make syrup in West Virginia.
Making maple syrup used to be fairly common in West Virginia, though as more people began buying sugar and other syrups at the store,...

Sarvis Tree blossoms signal the arrival of mountain spring

A sarvis tree blossoms on the edge of a barnyard in Wyoming County near Twin Falls State Park.
Seasons can come and go in the temperate regions of the world with many false starts, but in the Appalachian Mountains, folks know spring...

WVU researchers want respect for Appalachian speech

Even the pronunciation of the word "Appalachia" is subject to debate.
Language has partly defined the way people in Appalachia are perceived in other regions of the U.S., according to two researchers at West Virginia...

State unveils travel guides, Hawks Nest improvements

West Virginia officials unveiled collectible travel guides at the lodge at Hawks Nest State Park.
West Virginia officials this week unveiled the state's new 2022 vacation guide and highway map during a ribbon-cutting at Hawks Nest State Park on...

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