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Biologists in West Virginia study how to relocate rattlesnakes

A timber rattler peers out from a forest hiding spot.
Biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have teamed up with Marshall University graduate students to monitor the movement of timber rattlesnakes...

Making sense of whitewater rapid classifications

Kayaker on Deckers Creek, Morgantown, West Virginia, Monongalia County, Monongahela Valley Region
With its many rivers coursing through many different kinds of terrain, West Virginia is a paradise for paddlers and rafters, especially where whitewater paddling...

West Virginia DNR to stock nearly 6,000 pounds of catfish

An angler awaits a catch on a West Virginia lake. (Photo courtesy Maggie Smolnicka)
Leading up to the Mountain State's annual free fishing weekend June 13-14, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is stocking nearly 6,000 pounds...

Prehistoric W.Va. was not an uninhabited hunting ground

Iroquoian-style pipe discovered at the Marmet archaeological site (46-KA-9). (Provided by Darla Spencer)
When I moved to West Virginia in 2013, just out of grad school and anxious to learn more about the local archaeology, it didn’t...

West Virginia an ideal destination for young musicians

West Virginia may be an ideal destination for many young musicians.
When you think of the arts, you might not first think of West Virginia, but the state is an ideal destination for musicians, according...

Julian, West Virginia—base camp for a mountain paradise

ATV riders navigate a muddy trail in the mountains of southern West Virginia.
Once in a while, something good economically happens in the valley of the Coal River in West Virginia, and many years back, Boone and...

Discover the top 10 whitewater destinations in West Virginia

Paddler enters pool on lower New River
No matter which class of rapids paddlers are determined to take on, West Virginia is the place to find them. Here among the Alleghenies...

Justice awards $7.4 million for trails, alternative transportation

Wonderfully walkable communities in West Virginia are getting a boost, thanks to a new round of grants.
Towns and cities in 27 counties across West Virginia are being provided with funds to build and improve sidewalks, lighting, and rail trails. West Virginia...

Snowshoe Mountain to open for summer season July 2

The sun sets over the Allegheny Mountains as seen from Snowshoe Mountain.
It's finally stopped snowing in the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia—in time for officials at Snowshoe Mountain Resort to unveil a modified schedule of...

Wear life jackets while boating, swimming in lakes, streams

Boaters in West Virginia are required to wear life vests on the water. (Photo: Razvan Chisu)
As the summer boating season approaches, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding members of the public to wear life jackets while...

Stonewall Resort in W.Va. launches phased reopening

Visitors boat and board on the waterfront at Stonewall Resort at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park.
Stonewall Resort in north-central West Virginia has begun reopening resort and state park amenities following recent rules and guidelines established by Governor Jim Justice. The...

State Parks offer 30 percent lodging discount to W.Va. residents

State-managed parks and forests in West Virginia are offering state residents discounts of 30 percent on overnight stays in cabins, campgrounds, and lodge rooms...

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