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Pipestem introduces season pass to outdoor performances

2014 Pipestem Season Pass
Fans of Pipestem Resort State Park and outdoor entertainment may wish to invest in a season-long amphitheater pass being provided for the first time. Sixteen varied...

Five birds to watch for in West Virginia this summer

Yellow Warbler by Randy Bodkins
West Virginia may be among the best destinations for birding in the U.S. More than 300 species call the state home (at least temporarily, as...

Biologists seek help finding whip-poor-wills in W.Va.

Illustration of Whip-poor-will
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking public help in locating whip-poor-wills, rural songbirds that may be on...

Abolitionist experiment "Ceredo" lecture May 6

News Item: Ceredo Raid
John Brown wasn't the only abolitionist to make history in West Virginia. While Brown launched his raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 to arm...

Guests not likely to notice Canaan management transfer

View from ski lift at Canaan Valley State Park, Tucker County, Allegheny Highlands Region
The July 1 transfer of management of Canaan Valley Resort State Park to a second hospitality-management company won't likely result in obvious changes, according...

State confirms W.Va. record blue catfish taken in Ohio River

Austin Hoffman and record blue cat taken on Ohio River, 2014
APRIL 30, 2014 --The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources today confirmed the capture of the largest and longest blue catfish in state history, taken...

W.Va. park courses offering expanded access packages

Golfers tee off at Pipestem Resort State Park
Three state park golf courses in West Virginia are providing guests full-season 2014 passes that include lodge stays, meal discounts, and access to other...

Even in suburbs, unprotected food sources attract bear

Black Bear photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Once rare in many parts of West Virginia, black bear are now found in all counties, and officials are reminding residents that interactions increase...

Landscape, roads help draw thousands to motorcycle event

Mountains near Williamson, WV, to host Rally in the Valley
The roar of motorcycles is already reverberating in the Tug Valley of southwestern West Virginia, into which more than 15,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected...

Trail, climbing areas reopen after New River Gorge fire

Thunder Buttress at Beauty Mountain, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
LANSING, W.Va. -- The Endless Wall Trail and adjacent climbing access areas above the New River south of the New River Gorge Bridge have...

Trails are vital to economic development in West Virginia

Gary Morefield at Ship Rock, Beckley, West Virginia, Raleigh County, New River Gorge Region
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Trail building has proven a vital economic development tool in the U.S. in recent years. In West Virginia, where outdoor recreation has...

1863 map reveals change in the West Virginia landscape

Historic map showing West Virginia 1864
How has West Virginia changed over the last 150 years? Three counties in the southern state had yet to be created and two had yet...

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