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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Rural Development Authority building, 223 North Main Street, Suite 102, Moorefield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 24. To register, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. WVSBDC coach Beth Ludewig can provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Friday, May 30, 2014 aP 2:38 PM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Oct. 28 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2014

    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 aP 2:09 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC adds three new coaches for small business centers

    Business coaches based in Clay, Raleigh and Jefferson counties

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) has appointed three new business coaches to assist small businesses across the state.

    They are Joe Carlucci, based in Raleigh County; Tom Halverstadt, based in Jefferson County; and Sam Payne, based in Clay County.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    WVSBDC partnered with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority to hire Carlucci as business coach. Carlucci grew up in Glen Daniel and graduated from Liberty High School in Raleigh County, West Virginia. He joined the U.S. Navy where his service took him to South Korea and Naples, Italy, as well as Washington, D.C.

    After completing his military service, Carlucci started his own general contracting company in Virginia. He successfully sold his company and managed projects and business development for companies in the management, technology and construction industries. While continuing his career, Carlucci received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

    Halverstadt is the first small business and entrepreneur coach for Jefferson County. He was hired through a partnership between the WVSBDC and the Jefferson County Development Authority, as well as local businesses and community contributors. His office in Charles Town serves Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties

    A graduate of the University of Maryland, Halverstadt received a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He served as a certified public accountant for 10 years with a Big Four accounting and professional service company. He has held positions of chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He has experience across a broad spectrum of industries including construction, development, manufacturing, retail, hotels, restaurants and golf course operations.

    Halverstadt is a veteran of the United States Marines.

    Payne attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he majored in Organizational Development.  He is a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking. His career spans more than 25 years in managerial banking, seven years of which were spent at the senior executive level. As a district and regional senior banker, Payne consulted with thousands of small businesses and coached junior level bankers on establishing effective working relationships with business owners. Payne is also a 2008 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

    His office serves Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties. Among his duties, Payne will act as the WVSBDC “point person” for disaster preparedness coaching and training.  WVSBDC partnered with the Central Appalachian Empowerment Zone for this position.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30  2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

     

    posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 aA 10:39 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Oct. 30 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 30, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Charleston Area Alliance Building, 1116 Smith Street, Room 310, Charleston.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 9, 2014

    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

     

    posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 aP 3:09 PM
     

  5. America’s SBDC elects West Virginia state director to executive board

    WVSBDC State Director Kristina Oliver elected during national conference

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) State Director Kristina Oliver has been voted to the Executive Board of Directors of America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC).

    The mission of the national network of SBDCs is to help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.

    Oliver was elected in September during the national organization’s conference in Texas. She will serve a two-year term as one of the 11 members on the executive board and will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of the America’s SBDC.

    A native of Huntington, Oliver received her undergraduate degree from Marshall University and her master’s degree from Ken Blanchard School of Business.

    Her experience with entrepreneurship and business consist of commercial, governmental and academic practice. With more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business development, she founded various ventures that include manufacturing, advertising, business coaching and creative arts. As a consultant, she has provided expertise in leadership, management, project planning and strategic development.

    In December 2009, Oliver was named state director for WVSBDC. In 2011, the WVSBDC and its network of offices received full accreditation from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

    The WVSBDC is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how the SBDC can help your business. Visit WVSBDC.org/Jumpstart and watch the Three-step Jump Start video. Or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, October 10, 2014 aA 10:07 AM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Nov. 6 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in Logan County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in Building B, Room 227, Logan County Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 16, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, October 16, 2014 aP 12:17 PM
     

  7. Christina Lundberg retiring after 18 years with WV Small Business Development Center

    Business coach served Eastern Panhandle

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Christina Lundberg spent nearly two decades helping hundreds of people begin their business careers. This year, she is retiring from her post as business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) in Martinsburg.

    Lundberg joined WVSBDC in 1996 as a financial analyst. Two years later, she became center manager and business coach for the office based in the Eastern Panhandle.

    ”We wish Chris much happiness in her retirement and appreciate her many years of service and commitment to clients,” says Kristina Oliver, State Director of the WVSBDC.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    Lundberg received multiple awards during her years of service. In 1999, she received West Virginia Small Business Administration (SBA) Women in Business Advocate of the Year. In 2002, Lundberg was named National SBA Welfare to Work Associate of the Year and WVSBDC State Star. In 2013, she was honored as West Virginia SBA Minority Small Business Champion.

    Lundberg received her master’s degree from the Michigan State University. Before joining WVSBDC, she was self-employed as an accountant for 10 years.

    The WVSBDC is a statewide network that provides technical assistance for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network. For more information, visit www.WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 21, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 aA 11:35 AM
     

  8. Business Coach James Epling to retire after 28 years with WV Small Business Development Center


    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — James Epling has announced his retirement as a business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development (WVSBDC), a post he has held for the past 28 years. His retirement is effective Nov. 1.

    Epling served clients in the central and southern counties of West Virginia from his office in Summersville, Nicholas County. As a member of the WVSBDC network of business coaches, Epling collaborated with other coaches statewide to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    “We appreciate the expertise and commitment that Jim gave to his clients throughout his nearly three decades of service. We wish him much happiness in his retirement,” says Kristina Oliver, State Director of the WVSBDC.

    In September, Epling was selected as the West Virginia 2014 State Star by America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). The ASBDC State Star honors outstanding employees from Small Business Development Centers.

    Epling is one of this year’s six WVSBDC business coaches to receive a certificate for Capital Access Recognition for accessing more than $1 million dollars of capital infusion for their clients.

    A native of Summersville, Epling graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and later received his Master of Business Administration from Marshall University. Before joining WVSBDC in 1986, he worked in the coal industry and for an industrial supply company. Epling also taught business and accounting classes on a part-time basis for various colleges in the area.
     
    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

    For more information, visit WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 22, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 aP 1:31 PM
     

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  11. West Virginia Fall Foliage Reports Start Sept. 25, 2014

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    Department of Commerce’s state foresters will provide leaf peepers with colorful routes and other information through October

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will begin providing weekly fall foliage reports Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page. Fall foliage reports will include percentage of color, recommended driving routes and special points of interest.

    Forestry officials also encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor.  Photos will be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.
     
    West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation with 12 million acres of forestland. As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the chemical that colors them green. Once the production of chlorophyll stops, leaves take on their true colors, ranging from orange and yellow to red, purple and brown.
     
    Leaves on trees at the highest elevations of the state begin to change color first, and, as fall progresses, color works its way down the mountains into the valleys.

    The first fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
     
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    West Virginia Division of Forestry


    News Release: Sept. 24, 2014 
                  
    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014 aP 1:10 PM
     

  12. Colorful High Country Hotspots

    Dolly Sods
    The majority of foliage in the Dolly Sods area was nearing peak Sept. 23, 2014. Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Forestry

    West Virginia Division of Forestry releases first fall foliage report

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fall is officially here and so is West Virginia’s fall foliage season. State foresters report leaves are changing quickly in perennial foliage hotspots like Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley.

    John Anderson, a fire forester with the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF), traded his fire rake for a camera earlier this week and headed to the high country to take pictures.

    “The majority of the foliage in the Dolly Sods area is nearing peak,” Anderson said.  “The reds, oranges and yellows provide a colorful accent to the already spectacular scenery.”   
       
    Blueberry and huckleberry bushes at Dolly Sods are approximately 90 percent peak, while the area’s trees are approximately 60 percent peak.
    Dolly Sods is a 17,371-acre area that contains bog and heath eco-types more common to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to more than 4,700 feet. The wilderness area is located in Grant, Randolph and Tucker counties, West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

    Anderson reports foliage in Canaan Valley to be 40-60 percent peak and changing daily, just in time for the 26th annual Leaf Peepers Festival Sept. 26-28, 2014. Canaan Valley is the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. It is 15 miles long by three miles wide and home to extensive wetlands and botanical communities typically found in sub-Artic bogs and conifer forests. Canaan Valley is in Tucker County, West Virginia.

    Foliage at Spruce Knob, the highest peak in West Virginia, is 50 percent peak. Spruce Knob is in Pendleton County and is 4,863 feet above sea level.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor.  Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page. 
           
    The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.

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    West Virginia Division of Forestry

    News Release: Sept. 25, 2014

    Contact: Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 aP 1:43 PM
     

  13. Fall forest fire season starts Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s fall forest fire season starts Oct. 1, 2014, and runs through Dec. 31, 2014. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

    State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.          

    Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying on-site until the fire is completely extinguished, and only burning vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings.

    If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed against you.

    The Division of Forestry offers these tips for safe outdoor burning:

    • Burn only after 5 p.m. — it’s the law — and put your fire out completely by 7 a.m.
    • Put debris in several small piles instead of one large one
    • Never burn on overly dry or windy days
    • Select a safe place away from overhead power lines, phone lines or other obstructions and where the fire cannot spread into the woods, weeds or brush
    • Clear at least a 10-foot area around the fire to make sure all burnable materials have been removed
    • Have water and tools on hand to extinguish anything that may escape the burn area
    • Be conscientious of neighbors and don’t burn debris that produces a lot of smoke at times when smoke does not rise. If the smoke spreads out near the ground instead of rising, put out the fire and burn another time
    • Stay with the fire at all times until it is completely out. Leaving a fire unattended for any length of time is illegal
    • Call 911 immediately if a fire does escape

    Commercial burning permits may be obtained by public utilities and people burning in conjunction with commercial, manufacturing, mining or like activities. These burning permits cost $125 each and are issued by local Division of Forestry offices. A permit is required for each site where this type of burning takes place.

    To find out more about West Virginia’s burning laws and where you can obtain a burning permit, visit the Division of Forestry’s website at www.wvforestry.com.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Forestry (see attached photo): Each fall, thousands of acres of West Virginia woodland are lost to wildfire.

    News Release: Sept. 30, 2014                

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 aA 11:29 AM
     

  14. Higher elevations holding color; lower elevations catching up

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state foresters say areas of high elevation, 3,500 feet and up, continue to have the most colorful foliage. Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods, which peaked earlier this week, should remain colorful through the coming weekend. State Route 32 from Harmon to Davis and Thomas is the recommended drive in the Canaan Valley area. The Bear Rocks area of Dolly Sods, which is especially colorful this year, is the recommended destination within the wilderness area.

    Other points of interest nearing peak this week include Blackwater Falls, Spruce Knob, the Highland Scenic Highway and the Allegheny Front.

    “The Highland Scenic Highway will make an excellent drive this weekend, especially from Kennison Mountain to Elk Mountain outside Marlinton,” Regional Forester Tom Cover said. “Foliage along the Highland Scenic Highway should be good next week, too.”

    Cover said colors below 3,500 feet are appearing quickly and points of interest like the headwaters (East and West Forks) of the Greenbrier River, Spruce Knob Lake, Allegheny Mountain and Cheat Mountain should be good this coming weekend and the following one. Cover also suggested leaf peepers check out the viewing platform at Kumbrabow State Forest for excellent color.

    Local festivals foresters suggest leaf peepers take in this weekend include the 41st annual Burlington Old Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival in Mineral County, the Mannington Octoberfest and Bunners Ridge Heritage Festival in Marion County, the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, Oglebayfest/Ohio County Fair, and Pioneer Days in Elizabeth.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor.  Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page. 

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.

     The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): The viewing platform at Kumbrabow State Forest provides an excellent view of colorful fall foliage.

    News Release: Oct. 2, 2014                    

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, October 2, 2014 aP 12:04 PM
     

  15. Rails and Trails Lead to Plenty of Fall Color - Special viewing opportunity this weekend at Kumbrabow State Forest

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia foresters report colorful foliage throughout the state and say this coming weekend will be an excellent opportunity to see peak colors in several areas, including points of interest in Pocahontas and Webster counties.

    Recommended destinations in Pocahontas County include Cass Scenic Railroad, Greenbrier River Rail Trail, Highland Scenic Highway and Cheat Mountain.

    Webster County destinations include Big Ditch Lake at the Big Ditch Wildlife Management Area and Holly River State Park.

    For those folks in the mood for a long colorful drive, foresters recommend W.Va. State Route 20 from Princeton to Buckhannon. This route will take leaf peepers through Meadow Bridge, Rainelle, Nettie, Craigsville, Webster Springs, Diana and Rock Cave.

    Forester Travis Miller, working in conjunction with the Division of Natural Resources, has arranged a special viewing opportunity this coming weekend at Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County. From Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12, the gate to Rich Mountain Fire Trail will be open so visitors can drive to the overlook. Normally, the overlook observation deck is only accessible by foot.

    “Throughout the year, the views from Rich Mountain are spectacular,” Miller said, “and with the added fall color, the Kumbrabow observation tower is the perfect place to see fall foliage at its finest.”

    Division of Forestry and DNR personnel constructed the observation deck and a nearby picnic shelter in 2013 with funds from the sale of timber on the state forest.

    In other areas of the state:

    Foliage is reported to be at 80 percent peak in Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.

    Counties with foliage between 50 to 75 percent peak include Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Preston, Raleigh, Summers, Taylor, Upshur, Wetzel and Wyoming.

    Leaves at the highest elevations in the state are past peak or off the trees due to recent heavy rains and winds.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor. Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.

    The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Foliage at Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County currently is peak or near peak.

    News Release: Oct. 9, 2014                    

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 aP 2:12 PM
     

  16. Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber management project prescribed to encourage the establishment of high-quality black cherry seedlings, accelerate the restoration of red spruce and provide wildlife habitat diversity while creating additional recreational access to this part of the forest. The tour is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the project firsthand in order to provide written input if they so desire.

    The project area is located off the Rich Mountain Fire Trail. Participants will meet at the Kumbrabow State Forest office. Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The majority of the tour will involve a .5 to 1 mile hike on uneven ground in the woods with hills along the tour path.

    For more information about the tour or to register for it, contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley office at 304-256-6775, by cellphone 304-932-7105 or via email, Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend, please notify Breshock by noon Friday, Oct. 17, so enough transportation will be available. 

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    News Release:  Oct. 14, 2014                 

    Contact:  Leslie Fitzwater Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014 aP 12:39 PM
     

  17. Abundant Fall Color Throughout W.Va. - Back roads and major routes will be colorful drives

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state forestry officials say leaf peepers won’t have to look far for colorful fall foliage this weekend. In fact, it will be hard to avoid. With the exception of the highest elevations and the lowest river valleys, fall color is abundant throughout the Mountain State.

    Recommended points of interest this week include the New River Gorge and Harpers Ferry. Bridge Day celebrates its 35th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Although not yet peak, foliage in the New River Gorge should provide a colorful backdrop to the day’s festivities. Color throughout Fayette County is reported to be 75 percent peak. Foliage around Harpers Ferry is reported to be very nice again this week: visit downtown, hike the Appalachian Trail or explore the National Historic Park.

    Those wanting to take a colorful drive can pretty much just get in the car and go anywhere. Recommended major routes include Interstate 79 between Morgantown and Charleston, Interstate 64 between Beckley and White Sulphur Springs, U.S. Route 33 between Elkins and Weston, and U.S. Route 219 between Lewisburg and Droop Mountain. Be aware though, leaves at the top of Droop Mountain and other points of high elevation are either past peak or off the trees.  

    Back roads, with the exception of those in the state’s most southern counties, should provide lots of color and interesting sights.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor. Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.

    The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Foliage in the New River Gorge is not yet peak, but will provide a colorful backdrop for Bridge Day activities Oct. 18, 2014.

    News Release: Oct. 16, 2014                  

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, October 16, 2014 aP 2:45 PM