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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for April 22 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, April 22, 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 start-ups 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: April 1, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov




    posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 aP 1:07 PM
     

  2. Business workshop targets needs of innovation, technology companies

    WVSBDC presents program for small tech business in Kearneysville, April 25

    KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — A workshop on Product Development/Technology Commercialization Fundamentals is scheduled for 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 25 in Jefferson  County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program to meet the needs of innovation and technology (In-Tech) companies. The workshop will be held at the Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville.

    There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit the WVSBDC Training Calendar at www.wvsbdc.com or contact Justin Gaull at 304-957-2082, justin.m.gaull@wv.gov

    The WVSBDC In-Tech program will introduce inventors and technology-based entrepreneurs to key commercialization issues such as intellectual property, alternative finance, prototyping and feasibility.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with a member of the WVSBDC In-Tech team for confidential one-on-one coaching sessions on product and business development.

    The WVSBDC In-Tech Program is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is a division of the West Virginia Development Office and 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: April 3, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov


    posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 aP 12:20 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for April 24 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 24, 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 start-ups 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 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: April 3, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 aP 3:21 PM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pendleton County

    Register for April 30 session on business fundamentals

    FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in Pendleton 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 Pendleton County Economic Development Authority conference room, Pendleton Business Center (Old Hanover Building), 100 Thorn Creek Road, Franklin. 

    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 Monday, April 28. 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: April 9, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014 aA 9:26 AM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for May 8 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 8, 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, and 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: April 17, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 aA 10:01 AM
     

  6. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 24-28, 2014

    ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 24, 2014:
     
    Anthony Creek
    Back Fork of Elk River
    Big Sandy Creek
    Blackwater River
    Brandywine Lake
    Brushy Fork Lake
    Buckhannon River (rail stocking)
    Buffalo Creek (Brooke)
    Buffalo Fork Lake
    Bullskin Run
    Cacapon Park Lake
    Castleman Run Lake
    Cherry River
    Chief Cornstalk Lake
    Clear Fork of Tug
    Coopers Rock Lake
    Cranberry River
    Desert Fork
    Dillons Run
    Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker)
    Dunkard Fork Lake
    East Fork Greenbrier River
    Edwards Run and Pond
    Elk River
    Evitts Run
    Fort Ashby Reservoir
    French Creek Pond
    Gandy Creek
    Glade Creek of New River
    Glady Fork
    Greenbrier River
    Horse Creek Lake
    Jennings Randolph Tailwaters
    Kimsey Run Lake
    Knapps Creek
    Laurel Fork of Dry Fork (Randolph)
    Laurel Fork of Holly River
    Left Fork of Buckhannon River (rail stocking)
    Left Fork of Holly River
    Little Beaver Lake
    Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
    Lost River
    Marsh Fork
    Middle Creek
    Middle Wheeling Lake
    Mill Creek of Opequon Creek (Berkeley)
    Mill Creek of South Branch
    Mill Creek Reservoir
    New Creek
    North Fork of Fishing Creek
    North Fork of Lunice
    North Fork of Patterson Creek
    North Fork of South Branch
    Opequon Creek
    Paw Paw Creek
    Potts Creek
    Right Fork of Middle Fork River
    Rocky Marsh Run
    Rollins Lake
    Seneca Lake
    Shavers Fork (Bemis)
    Shavers Fork (lower section)
    Shavers Fork (upper section)
    South Branch (Franklin)
    South Branch (Smoke Hole)
    South Branch C&R
    South Fork of Cherry River
    South Fork of Fishing Creek
    South Fork of Potts Creek
    South Mill Creek Lake
    Spruce Knob Lake
    Sugar Creek
    Summersville Tailwaters
    Summit Lake
    Teter Creek Lake
    Tilhance Run
    Trout Run
    Turkey Run Lake
    Tuscarora Creek
    Waites Run
    Watoga Lake
    Whiteday Creek
     

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    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                                   
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: March 28, 2014

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Mike Shingleton, Wildlife Resources Section 304-637-0245 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov  

    posted Friday, March 28, 2014 aP 3:25 PM
     

  7. Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer candidates April 11 or April 12, 2014

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Lt. Tim Coleman of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

        All candidates for NRPO positions are required to pass a PAT. Applicants should report to the lobby of the South Charleston Community Center at 601 Jefferson Street either Friday, April 11, at 8 a.m., or Saturday, April 12, at 9 a.m. Walk-ons will be accepted.

        NRPOs in the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section are responsible for the prompt, orderly and effective enforcement of all laws and rules of the state and have full law enforcement authority statewide. Of primary importance is the protection of West Virginia’s wildlife to the degree that they are not endangered by unlawful activities.

        To be considered for this position, candidates must be willing to relocate and work in any county in the state; must be willing to work all shifts and be on call; and understand that this is a statewide position, and as such that the county of assignment may not be guaranteed.

        Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with preference given to majors in natural sciences, law enforcement, criminology or criminal justice, or candidates may substitute previous employment as a law enforcement officer under certain circumstances.

        The PAT consists of three parts: a 37.5 yard swim; an agility test consisting of completing a minimum of 18 push-ups in proper form in one minute and completing 27 sit-ups in proper form in one minute; and a 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes, 20 seconds or less. Failure to satisfactorily complete any part of the test is cause for disqualification and will eliminate candidates from further consideration. Candidates should bring long pants and a T-shirt for the fully clothed swimming test (no jeans or sweatpants) and a change of clothing for the running test.

        Directions: From the east, take I-64 Exit 54, MacCorkle Avenue. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and turn left again at the next traffic light onto Jefferson Road (Bob Evans Restaurant is on the corner). From the west, take I-64 Exit 54 and make two right turns onto Jefferson Road. The South Charleston Community Center is an eighth of a mile on the right.

        Full details about the job description and an online job application form can be found at www.wvdnr.gov, Law Enforcement / Employment. For more information, contact the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section at 304-558-2784 or email DNR.Law@wv.gov .

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    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 1, 2014

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Lt. Tim Coleman, Law Enforcement Section 304-558-2784 Tim.D.Coleman@wv.gov   

    posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 aA 9:10 AM
     

  8. What’s the word? Birding in West Virginia

    Cerulean Warbler
    Many migratory birds such as this Cerulean Warbler can be seen during guided bird walks in West Virginia state parks in the spring.
    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.


        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the advance of springtime and summer, birds are either migrating from West Virginia to summer breeding areas, or returning to West Virginia from winter havens. Many West Virginia birds migrate south to take advantage of warmer temperatures and habitats with more insects and seeds.

        Spring migration is an invitation to get outside and observe and welcome back many species of birds. Birding programs and activities are scheduled at many West Virginia State Parks. These are open to the public, generally without cost, to encourage a lifelong hobby of watching and learning about songbirds, raptors, and the occasional shore bird finding its way to the Mountain State.

        Birds to see in West Virginia from late April to early June include 35 species of warblers including:

    •    Cerulean Warbler
    •    Golden-winged Warbler
    •    Mourning Warbler
    •    Connecticut Warbler
    •    Swainson's Warbler
    •    Worm-eating Warbler
    •    Kentucky Warbler
    •    Canada Warbler
    •    Yellow-breasted Chat

        Other birds to watch for are:

    •    Summer Tanager
    •    Scarlet Tanager
    •    Orchard Oriole
    •    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    •    Bachman's Sparrow
    •    Philadelphia Vireo
    •    Bobolink
    •    Clay-colored Sparrow
    •    Red-headed Woodpecker


    Scheduled bird watching events at West Virginia State Parks include:
        
    April 5, 2014 - Watoga State Park’s Birding & Wildflower Walk

    A birding and wildflower walk along the Jesse Cover Trail begins at 10:30 a.m. The starting point is the check-in station at Watoga State Park’s Riverside Campground. This will be about a 5-mile hike. Wear appropriate boots and outerwear. www.watoga.com   304-799-4087

    April 19, 26 and May 3, 2014 - Prickett’s Fort State Park’s Annual Spring Bird Walks


    Three Saturday morning bird walks are scheduled at Prickett’s Fort State Park. Staff of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will serve as leaders. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public. Meet at the Pricketts’ Fort visitors center, 8 a.m. www.pickettsfortstatepark  304-363-3030

    May 2-4, 2014 - Tygart Lake State Park’s Bird Banding Weekend

    Master bird bander Joey Herron will have mist nets in place Saturday and Sunday mornings and will conduct programs about bird watching, identification and songs. Banding and birding begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m.  An 11 a.m. Migration and Birds of West Virginia program is followed by a 1:15- 4 p.m. field trip to Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area for birding. Sunday includes banding and birding from 8 to 11:30 a.m. near Tygart Lodge. The activities are open to the public. Overnight lodge room rates are available. Tygart also has scheduled a fall birding weekend, including banding, Oct. 3-5, 2014. www.tygartlake.com 304-265-6144

    May 10, 2014 - Watters Smith Memorial State Park’s Spring Bird Walk

    Learn basic birding skills and search the park landscape for migratory birds May 10 at Watters Smith Memorial State Park. The bird walk is led by Park Supt. Andrew Bennett. Bring binoculars and wear sturdy hiking shoes. The walk begins at 8 a.m. at the Activity Building. No registration or fees are required. www.watterssmithstatepark.com   304-745-3081

    May 10, 2014 - Little Beaver State Park’s Migration Celebration

    Join Three Rivers Avian Center at Little Beaver State Park May 10 for the Migration Celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free event organized at Little Beaver State Park by TRAC that includes hikes, nature programs, birds of prey presentation and other information. This is a family event geared to outdoor education and birding interests. www.tracwv.org   304-466-4683

        To learn more about programs and activities at West Virginia’s state parks and forests, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

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    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 2, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sissie Summers, WV State Parks and Recreation Section 304-55-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 aA 10:55 AM
     

  9. Tygart Lake State Park’s swimming beach area is reopening in 2014

    Tygart Lake State Park
    The swimming beach at Tygart Lake State Park will reopen after six years beginning May 24, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

        GRAFTON, W.Va. -  Tygart Lake State Park’s beach area is scheduled to open May 24, 2014, after being closed for six years for renovation and to meet safety codes.

        “It all depends upon our ability to find lifeguards and for the lake water to pass quality testing for swimming purposes,” said Paul Redford, district administrator for the West Virginia State Parks section of the Division of Natural Resources. “It’s all moving forward and looking good.”

        Overnight guests at Tygart Lake State Park were allowed use of the city swimming pool in nearby Grafton while the beach area was closed for renovation. “We are extremely grateful to the City of Grafton for their partnership,” Redford said.

        The Tygart Lake beach renovation includes a gift shop, snacks, new bath and shower areas, picnic and grill areas, volleyball, horseshoe and Bocce ball courts. The park also is introducing kayak rentals at the beach area this summer. These are one-person recreational kayaks with several sporting fishing rod holders. Kayak rental prices will include lifejacket, paddle and safety instruction with two-hour, half, full day and multiday rental options.

        Daily swimming fees will be $4 adults and $3 for children, with season passes available.  The family pass for avid lake swimmers will cost $125. Lodge and cabins rates include swimming fees in the overnight rental rates.

        Tygart Lake State Park is located in Taylor County near Grafton.  Open year-round, the park features a 20-room lodge, 11 vacation cabins open from mid-spring through autumn, and 40-site campground, 14-sites with electricity and the remaining as standard sites. Tygart Lake is a 1,750-acre water impoundment known for its 31 miles of shoreline and deep drop-offs of clear water that is attractive to scuba divers. Boating is popular as well as kayaking, particularly in mid-week.  The restaurant is operated by the popular Boston Beanery.  A marina is operated by Tygart Lake Marina LLC. Several pontoon and fishing boat rentals are available by the hour, day or week. Sunset cruises are a popular attraction at the Marina on the large houseboat cruiser.

        To learn more about Tygart Lake State Park, accommodations, events and activities, or to inquire about lifeguarding positions, visit www.tygartlake.com  or call 304-265-6144

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    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

    The swimming beach at Tygart Lake State Park will reopen after six years beginning May 24, 2014.



    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 2, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: James Browning, Asst. Supt., Tygart Lake State Park 304-265-6144, james.l.browning@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 aP 12:02 PM
     

  10. Archery in the Schools Training July 8-9 at Pipestem Resort State Park

    AIS Tournament
    Nearly 90,000 West Virginia students have participated in the Archery in the Schools Program since it began in 2004. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

    (Registration Deadline July 1)

             SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program July 8 and 9, 2014, at Pipestem Resort State Park, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator.

             “We are very excited to be holding our next training at Pipestem Resort State Park,” said Snodgrass. “When possible, we like to provide trainings at our state parks and Pipestem is a perfect venue for PE teachers, coaches, and others wanting to get their schools involved in the AIS Program.”

             The AIS Program has become DNR’s largest-growing educational program. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90,000 students have been introduced to archery as part of their physical education (PE) classes in more than 300 West Virginia schools. The program teaches Olympic-style target archery in both public and private schools, grades 4 through 12.

             “In order for schools to participate in the AIS Program, they must first have a certified instructor, preferably a PE instructor or coach who will introduce as many kids as possible to the joys of target archery,” said Snodgrass. “DNR has about four trainings a year and, because class size is limited to 25, training slots fill quickly. As an added incentive, teachers taking this training may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours (CEHs), provided they submit their paperwork to their principal before the end of the school year.”

             To ensure a training slot, anyone interested in getting a school involved in the program is encouraged to apply as soon as possible, before the July 1 deadline. The training costs $25 for school employees and $50 for non-school employees. This fee will be paid to WVDNR – Archery in the Schools Program (via check, money order or exact currency only) during the first morning of the training.

             Registration for the AIS training at Pipestem Resort State Park is available online at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=WV . For information on the AIS Program, please call Krista Snodgrass at 304-558-2771; email Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov or visit the DNR’s AIS website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery. For more information on Pipestem Resort State Park, visit www.pipestemresort.com.


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    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 2, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Krista Snodgrass, Wildlife Resources Section 304-558-2771 Krista.R.Snodgrass@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 aP 2:02 PM
     

  11. Kanawha State Forest feature Owls as April Bird of the Month

    Great Horned Owl
    The Great Horned Owl. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

       
        CHARLESTON, W.Va. - “Who Gives a Hoot? Finding Owls” is the title for April 2014 Bird of the Month program at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston. This program begins Saturday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the swimming pool building and includes a dusk-into-dark hike for an “owl experience.”

        “Owls are very vocal in spring months,” said Barbara Koster, a Master Naturalist who will lead the program. “Owls in the Kanawha County area include barred owls, screech owls and the occasional great horned owl.”

        In the event of bad weather an alternate program will be held indoors. The program is open to the public at no charge.

        Previous Birds of the Month featured at Kanawha State Forest include Louisiana waterthrush, Carolina wren, American crow, golden eagle, backyard birds and yellow-bellied sapsucker.

        To learn more about Kanawha State Forest, visit www.kanawhastateforest.com, call 304-558-3500 or email kanawhasf@wv.gov.

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    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 4, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Kevin Dials, Asst. Supt., Kanawha State Forest, kanawhasf@wv.gov, 304-558-3500

    posted Friday, April 4, 2014 aA 11:05 AM
     

  12. Stonewall Resort State Park Marina to Open April 5, 2014

    Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park
    Stonewall Jackson Lake. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

        ROANOKE, W.Va. - Stonewall Resort State Park’s 370-plus slip marina will open for the season Saturday, April 5,, 2014. Stonewall Jackson Lake, near Weston in Lewis Couunty, is 26 miles long and has 82 miles of shoreline, making it the second largest lake in West Virginia.

         “The marina has various models of watercraft available for rental, as well as a resort-owned lake excursion boat,” said Steve Ludwig, director of sales and marketing at Stonewall Resort. “Water enthusiasts have all they need for the perfect lake getaway.”

        Ludwig said both 20-foot and 30-foot boat slips are still available for rent. The marina offers boaters all the essentials for spending time on the water. Gas, food, beverages and fishing supplies can be purchased in the marina store located on the dock. Day-use guests have access the marina’s public boat launch. The Resort also rents a variety of watercraft, like pontoon, aqua cycles and fishing boats.

        “Stonewall Jackson Lake is also known as one of the best bass, crappie and muskie fishing impoundments in the state,” Ludwig said. “The lake’s secluded coves, fingers and open waterways provide guests with boating and fishing opportunities and solitude.”

        New bass and musky fishing regulations are in effect for Stonewall Jackson Lake in 2014, allowing anglers to keep a daily creel limit of six bass, only one of which may be longer than 18 inches. Also, there is a 52-inch minimum size limit on muskies. Both of these regulations are designed to enhance fishing opportunities at this popular lake.

        Resort visitors also have access to kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. The Little Sorrel, the resort’s bi-level, 100-passenger excursion boat, offers lake tours beginning April 5 with excursions slated throughout the spring, summer and fall. 

        “Whether fishing for bass, gliding through the water in a kayak or soaking up the sun and scenery on a leisurely cruise, Stonewall Jackson Lake and Stonewall Resort provide the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway,” Ludwig said. 

        For information about the marina or boat rentals, contact the marina at 304-269-8895. For additional information about Stonewall Resort, call 304-269-7400 or visit the website at www.stonewallresort.com.

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    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 4, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sam England, Superintendent 304-269-0524 StonewallResortSP@wv.gov

    posted Friday, April 4, 2014 aA 11:33 AM
     

  13. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 31 - April 4, 2014

    ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 31, 2014:
     
    Anthony Creek
    Bear Rocks Lake
    Big Run Lake
    Blackwater River
    Buckhannon River
    Bullskin Run
    Burnsville Tailwaters
    Cacapon Park Lake
    Camp Creek
    Chief Logan Pond
    Clear Fork of Guyandotte River
    Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (delayed harvest)
    Conaway Run Lake
    Cranberry River
    Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker)
    East Fork Greenbrier River
    East River
    Elk River
    Evitts Run
    Gandy Creek
    Glade Creek of Mann
    Glady Fork
    Hills Creek
    Hopkins Fork
    Horse Creek Lake
    Knapps Creek
    Laurel Fork Lake
    Laurel Fork of Dry Fork (Randolph)
    Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River
    Little Kanawha Headwaters
    Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
    Little River West Fork Greenbrier River
    Long Marsh Run
    Lost River
    Lower Cove Run
    Mash Fork
    Mash Fork of Camp Creek (Children & Class Q)
    Meadow Creek of New River
    Middle Creek (Berkeley)
    Mill Creek of Opequon Creek (Berkeley)
    Mill Run of Back Creek (Berkeley)
    Milligan Creek
    Moores Run
    Mountwood Park Lake
    New Creek
    New Creek Dam #14
    Newburg Lake
    North Fork of Anthony Creek
    North Fork of Cherry River
    North Fork of Patterson Creek
    North Fork of South Branch
    North River
    Opequon Creek
    Paint Creek
    Paint Creek (C&R)
    Panther Creek
    Pinch Creek
    Pinnacle Creek (upper and lower sections)
    Pond Fork
    R. D. Bailey Tailwaters
    Red Creek
    Right Fork of Little Kanawha Headwaters
    Rockcliff Lake
    Rocky Marsh Run
    Shavers Fork (Bemis)
    Shavers Fork (lower section)
    Shavers Fork (upper section)
    Shavers Fork C&R (Stuarts Park Recreation Area)
    South Branch (Franklin)
    South Branch (Smoke Hole)
    Spruce Knob Lake
    Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
    Summit Lake
    Sutton Tailwaters
    Teter Creek Lake
    Trout Run
    Tuckahoe Lake
    Tygart Headwaters
    Tygart Tailwaters
    Waites Run
    Warden Lake
    Watoga Lake
    West Fork Greenbrier River
    Wheeling Creek
    Williams River
     

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                                   
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 4, 2014

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Mike Shingleton, Wildlife Resources Section 304-637-0245 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov  

    posted Friday, April 4, 2014 aP 2:10 PM
     

  14. International Bowhunters Organization Spring National Competition at Pipestem Resort State Park April 11-13, 2014

        PIPESTEM, W.Va. - Pipestem Resort State Park, the International Bowhunters Organization (IBO), and Backwoods Bowhunters of Princeton, W.Va., are teaming to conduct the IBO Spring National Competition the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. This event is expected to draw approximately 600-800 competitors, and spectators are welcome.

        “Pipestem, like nearly every West Virginia state park, does not charge an entry fee, so this is a great way to enjoy a low-cost weekend,” said Pipestem Supt. David Caplinger. “Some lodge rooms and campsites are still available for those wanting to stay overnight. The park, as usual, is offering a great slate of additional activities and programming for guests.”

         Event organizer Larry Kade invites competitors and the public alike to turn out and enjoy the spectacle. “This is a great event with a great family atmosphere. Whole families come out and compete in and watch the various classes, ranging from traditional all the way up to the highest level of compound archers.”

         The competition will take place at the park’s recreation center. Competitor registration begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10 and runs through 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Amateur registration is $42, and trophies and cash prizes are offered.

        Competitions begin at 7 a.m. Friday, April 11, and the ranges remain open until dark Friday and Saturday. Children age 8 and younger may compete as Future Bowhunters, and will shoot at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The event will conclude Sunday, April 13, with the final competitions and awards wrapping up by 2 p.m.

        Pipestem is located in Summers County between Athens and Hinton on Route 20. For more information about accommodations and activities, visit www.pipestemresort.com

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 

    Pipestem Resort State Park will host the annual IBO Spring National Competition April 11-13, 2014.


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 7, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: David Caplinger, Supt., Pipestem State Park 304-466-2804 PipestemSP@wv.gov

    posted Monday, April 7, 2014 aP 12:28 PM
     

  15. Global gathering of professional trail builders provides new trails and sound development education at Stonewall Resort

    Professional Trail Builders at Stonewall State Park
    Nearly 300 people from seven countries and 44 states got some hands-on experience with planning and building trails during the Professional Trail Builder Association conference held recently at Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston, W.Va. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

    ROANOKE, W.Va. – Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County has received a number of improvements during the past week, thanks to nearly 300 people who attended a global gathering for professional trail builders.

        Seven countries and 44 U.S. states sent 286 representatives to the Professional Trail Builder Association conference, a six-day, hands-on working and instruction event held at Stonewall Resort March 31-April 5. Saturday, April 5, was a volunteer work and training day that involved planning, building and improving recreation trails.

        The group constructed several hundred feet of new trails, a boardwalk over a wet area and performed rehabilitation of other areas at the Lewis County destination. The construction and rehabilitation projects were both training for attendees and needed improvements on the park.
     
        “Trails are an important tourism focus,” said Sam England, Stonewall superintendent and one of 10 West Virginia state parks superintendents who also attended the conference. “Trails also provide access areas for physical activity such as hiking and biking. Maintaining trails preserves habitat from overuse, and development of trails creates interest in exploring woodland, fields and stream areas. This conference and the practical application of what participants learned in the classroom were important learning experiences for everyone involved.”

        West Virginia’s state park system maintains more than 800 miles of hiking and biking trails, the Greenbrier River Trail and North Bend Rail Trail. State parks and forests often rely on volunteer groups and organizations for labor assistance and some funding support.
     
        Funding for materials for this Professional Trail Builder Association conference came from local sources, the material manufacturers, the Stonewall Foundation and a Department of Highways Recreation Trails Program Grant.

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 8, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sam England, Supt. Stonewall Resort State Park, 304-269-0524 samuel.a.england@wv.gov






    posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014 aA 11:27 AM
     

  16. Discounted mid-week cabin rentals appeal to many West Virginia State Park visitors

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Quiet. It is a commodity sometimes difficult to find in the 21st century, but in select West Virginia State Parks and Forests with cabins, there is a kind of hush that appeals to travelers willing to forgo weekend trips in exchange for better rates and less crowding found Sundays through Thursdays.  

        A 20 percent discount on overnight stays of two or more consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday, from April 14 to May 15, 2014, is the “spring cabin mid-week special” at these popular state parks and forests.


    ·         Pipestem Resort – 304-466-1800

    ·         Bluestone State Park – 304-466-2804

    ·         Twin Falls Resort – 304-294-4000

    ·         North Bend – 304-643-2931

    ·         Watoga – 304-799-4087

    ·         Cacapon Resort – 304-258-1022

    ·         Holly River – 304-493-6353

    ·         Seneca State Forest – 304-799-6213

    ·         Stonewall Resort – 304-269-7400

    ·         Greenbrier State Forest – 304-536-1944


        More dates or extended stay options are offered at these participating areas:


    March 2 – May 22, 2014

    ·         Blackwater Falls State Park – 304-259-5216

     

     April 1 – May 22, 2014

    ·         Beech Fork State Park – 304-528-5794

    ·         Cass Scenic Railroad – 304-456-4300

     

    April 11 – May 15, 2014

    ·         Tygart Lake State Park – 304-265-6144

     

    April 20 – May 22, 2014

    ·         Babcock State Park 304-438-3003


        Lost River State Park has additional dates and rental options available. Cabin styles include modern, standard and pioneer, each with varying degrees of amenities.

        Cabins and cottages at West Virginia’s state parks offer variety of comforts, from rustic to modern. Cabins at Seneca State Forest were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. 

        “Folks who stay at Seneca have an interesting habit of not telling folks how great Seneca Forest cabins are,” said Sissie Summers, programming coordinator for West Virginia State Parks. “They want to keep their secret about peace, quiet, good fishing and genuinely enjoying the basics.”
     
        Cabins at Beech Fork State Park come complete with large screen TVs, full kitchens and expansive views of Beech Fork Lake in the spring season. Blackwater Falls State Park has 39 cabins. The newest 13 are called the Northside Cabins. These units have four-bedrooms, dishwashers, washer/dryer and full amenities. 

        “We run the gamut of cabin and cottage types,” Summers said. “The options and park locations across West Virginia make for good variety in cabin ambience.”

        To learn more about lodge and cabins for vacation travel, visit www.wvstateparks.com, “Packages.”

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 

    Many cabins like this one at North Bend State Park are available for mid-week discounts this spring at West Virginia State Parks and Forests.



    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 8, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sissie Summers, WV State Parks and Recreation Section 304-55-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

    posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014 aP 3:47 PM
     

  17. West Virginia State Parks seek lifeguards for summer swimming areas


    Summer jobs can be career builders    

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With warm weather approaching, West Virginia State Parks are looking for certified lifeguards for many of the areas that offer public swimming during the summer. The state parks system has 26 public swimming facilities, including Tygart Lake State Park, which is reopening its swimming area this summer after being closed for upgrades the past few years.

        To be hired for a summer lifeguard position, individuals must be certified and have training in lifesaving, first aid and CPR. Certification can be costly, but interested candidates are encouraged to contact state park superintendents in the area where they are interested in working to get assistance and advice about qualifying for lifeguarding positions.

        “We need lifeguards this summer at many state parks and forest areas and especially at Beech Fork in Cabell County,” said Brad Reed, district administrator with West Virginia State Parks. “Anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard needs to get an application in soon.”

        Another consideration not to be overlooked is that while summer jobs such as lifeguarding provide temporary employment, they also can be stepping stones to a career. Summer employees often find their calling, according to Reed, who began working in the state parks system as a summer naturalist in 1987. After graduation from Marshall University, Reed worked at seven different state parks before his transfer to the central parks office. “I’m in a job I enjoy, working for a parks system that is an asset to West Virginia and is beneficial to our quality of life in my home state. It all started with working as a park summer employee.”

        For summer job opportunities as lifeguards at West Virginia’s state parks, contact Brad Reed at brad.r.reed@wv.gov. For Beech Fork State Park lifeguarding jobs, email Matt Yeager, superintendent, at beechforksp@wv.gov.  

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
     
    Beech Fork State Park in Cabell County is one of many West Virginia state parks that are hiring summer lifeguards for their public swimming areas.


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 9, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Matt Yeager, 304-528-5794. beechforksp@wv.gov;  Brad Reed, 304-558-2764, Brad.R.Reed@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014 aA 9:35 AM
     

  18. Wildflower Walks at Kanawha State Forest April 26, 2014

        CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The annual Osbra Eye Memorial Wildflower Walks are scheduled Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, W.Va. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the swimming pool area.

        A variety of guided walks featuring topics that include wildflowers, medicinal/edible plants, trees, beginning and advanced birding, and photography are walk focuses. Attendees should bring cameras and binoculars. The participation fee is $5 for adults and $2 for walkers ages 16 and younger. Door prizes and hot dog sales are part of the annual event.

    The walks will be assisted by staff from the State Parks Section of the Division of Natural Resources, Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club, Mary Ingles Trail Blazers, and the West Virginia Native Plant Society. For more information about activities at Kanawha State Forest, call 304-558-3500 or visit online www.kanawhastateforest.com.

    About Osbra Eye

        Osbra Eye was superintendent of Kanawha State Forest from March 2, 1956, until June 13, 1981. After 25 years, he left Kanawha State Forest in 1981 and was named one of four district administrators for Division of Parks and Recreation. Eye remained in that position (1981-1986) until being named chief of operations for West Virginia State Parks  May 1, 1986.  He retired in 1988 and moved to Beckley. In his retirement, he served the Appalachian Trail Club and the Brooks Bird Club as a volunteer.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.

        Eye was a Concord College graduate (now University), a former Raleigh County school teacher, and a former Taxonomy and Ornithology instructor at the WV College of Graduate Studies. A self-taught naturalist, botanist and photographer, he was well known as a wildflower expert. He was an avid bird watcher, identifying species by sight and more often, by sound. His photos of birds and wildflowers, along with related articles, appeared many times in Wonderful West Virginia magazine. He collaborated with Margaret Denison, teacher and wildflower expert, in compiling a booklet on flowering plants in Kanawha State Forest, published in 1967. Mr. Eye died July 18, 1992, and his family donated his personal specimens and slides to the University of Charleston.

        In 1993, the Kanawha State Forest Foundation chose to honor him by renaming the Spring Walks the Osbra Eye Memorial Wildflower Walks. This was to commemorate his esteemed contributions as a naturalist, photographer and advocate for forest preservation as well as other environmental causes.

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

    Spring Wildflower Walks are scheduled at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, W.Va., April 26, 2014.


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 9, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Kevin Dials, Asst. Supt, 304-558-3500, kanawhasf@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014 aP 4:02 PM
     

  19. Spring Views at West Virginia’s State Parks include nature walks, educational and entertainment programs and discounts

    Spring Hikes at WV State Parks
    Spring nature hikes are among popular activities available at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

       
        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring wildflower walks, birding programs and quiet cabin settings are spring tonics at West Virginia’s State Parks and Forests. Many spring-related events, programs and discounts are available to visitors in April and May.

        A mid-week cabin rental promotion that reduces costs and recognizes the amazing quiet of mountainous West Virginia appeals to travelers looking for fewer distractions. Fifteen parks and forests offer a 20 percent discount mid-week from dates in April through May 2014.

        “Migration of birds is an April-through-May anticipation,” said Sissie Summers, programming coordinator with West Virginia State Parks. “Winter feeders have hosted cardinals, juncos, various woodpeckers and more; but in spring, the treetops burst with song as migrants return. Songbirds and warblers returning from their winter locations create excellent bird watching opportunities statewide.”

        A banding program at Tygart Lake State Park May 2-4 and spring bird walks at Prickett’s Fort State Park on three separate Saturdays are some of the nature-based activities scheduled. Spring wildflower walks showcase the vast numbers of species that can bee seen in spring. Kanawha State Forest and Chief Logan State Park offer excellent hikes. Special events and nature-based activities are posted on the State Park calendar of events at www.wvstateparks.com.

        Beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 24, 2014) through August, special entertainment and educational programs are scheduled at West Virginia State Parks. Pipestem Resort State Park’s outdoor amphitheater has a full schedule of evening programs that start at 8 p.m. The admission is $6 with some evening programs at no charge. For the first time, the park is offering a Summer Season Pass that includes all shows and also allows the pass holder can bring a friend or guest at no additional charge.  Other parks with amphitheater programs in the summer include Chief Logan State Park, North Bend State Park, and Prickett’s Fort State Park.

        Campgrounds in West Virginia’s state parks and forests typically open mid-April through October. Online reservations are available at Pipestem Resort and Beech Fork state parks. Other areas have an application process or phone reservations for reservable sites from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 

        Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, the only West Virginia state park that is a river island, opens for the season May 1.  Access to the island is via the sternwheeler Island Belle. Blennerhassett Island is located in the Ohio River near Parkersburg. This island features special events such as Brunch with Margaret and Mansion by Candlelight. Horse-drawn wagon rides are some of the activities groups and individuals enjoy when they come to the island. www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com  304-420-4800

        Cass Scenic Railroad State Park gears up for the 2014 season with Rail Fan Weekend May 16-18, 2014. The popular event is dedicated to train enthusiasts and photographers. Advance registration and payment required. Train season begins a week earlier in 2014 at Cass Scenic Railroad with the first trains departing for Whittaker Station a 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. A full schedule is posted online at www.cassrailroad.com or call 304-456-4300.

        To learn more about West Virginia’s state parks and forests, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 

    Spring nature hikes are among popular activities available at West Virginia State Parks and Forests.



    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 10, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sissie Summers, WV State Parks and Recreation Section 304-55-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov




    posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 aP 2:52 PM
     

  20. After Midnight; lunar spectacle creates April 14 into April 15 sky watch at Hawks Nest and Twin Falls state parks

    Hawks Nest State Park
    Hawks Nest State Park has a large deck overlooking the New River Gorge that also will provide a perfect place to watch the April 14-15 total lunar eclipse. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

       
        ANSTED and MULLENS, W.Va. - A total eclipse of the moon will be visible during the early hours of April 15, 2014, and visitors to Hawks Nest and Twin Falls state parks will be in a position to see it best. According to space.com, from night into early morning, sky watchers can observe a full eclipse of the moon.

        “It’s a total eclipse at the park,” said Renee Harper at Hawks Nest State Park. “Hawks Nest is a perfect place to observe a lunar eclipse. Lodge rooms facing the New River Gorge have balconies and there is a great overlook deck as well.”

        Hawks Nest and Twin Falls state parks are both offering a 50 percent off (Eclipse Rate) room rate the night of April 14 with a late checkout April 15. Hawks Nest’s rate includes an express breakfast. After midnight, both Hawks Nest and Twin Falls will have moon pies and a pot of coffee at the front desk for the night sky gazers.

        Hawks Nest State Park is located in Ansted in Fayette County. The park’s lodge, view and iconic overlook are well-known and popular with tour groups. Call 304-658-6212 or visit online www.hawksnestsp.com.

        Twin Falls State Park is tucked away in Wyoming County near Mullens and Pineville. This park includes a lodge, indoor swimming pool, cabins, campground, golf and extensive hiking and biking trails. Call 304-294-4000 or visit online www.twinfallsresort.com.

        Both parks actively promote outdoor activities and recreation. The eclipse of the moon in the early hours of April 15 is another opportunity to introduce park guests to the outdoors. “We’re hoping for a clear night and a real spectacle,” said Rita McAllister at Twin Falls. “Even if you stay at Twin Falls April 14 for a good night’s sleep and a reduced rate and miss the moon show, you can still sleep in. We’ll keep a moon pie out for you.”

    About the lunar eclipse, according to space.com

        The Full Moon of April is known as the Seed Moon, Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon or Fish Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.

        The April 15 total lunar eclipse is the first in a four-eclipse cycle called a tetrad.

        Stargazers and lunar fans in the Western Hemisphere will have ringside seats for a total eclipse of the moon during the overnight hours of April 14 and 15.

        This spectacle of celestial shadows will be the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 that will be visible from North America. Unlike an eclipse of the sun, an eclipse of the moon presents no hazards to the viewer. No precautions to protect the eyes are needed.

        Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types — total, partial and penumbral — with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon. The April 15, 2014 total eclipse is visible from the Americas, Australia and out in the Pacific Ocean. A second total eclipse occurs Oct. 8, 2014.

    What is a lunar eclipse?


        A lunar eclipse can occur only at full moon. A total lunar eclipse can happen only when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly lined up — anything less than perfection creates a partial lunar eclipse or no eclipse at all.

        Because the moon’s orbit around Earth lies in a slightly different plane than Earth’s orbit around the sun, perfect alignment for an eclipse doesn’t occur at every full moon. A total lunar eclipse develops over time, typically a couple of hours for the whole event. Here’s how it works: Earth casts two shadows that fall on the moon during a lunar eclipse. The umbra is a full, dark shadow. The penumbra is a partial outer shadow. The moon passes through these shadows in stages. The initial and final stages — when the moon is in the penumbral shadow — are not so noticeable, so the best part of an eclipse is during the middle of the event, when the moon is in the umbral shadow, which Tuesday April 15, will occur at 3:42 a.m. EDT.

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 11, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Hawks Nest State Park 304-658-6212 HawksNestSP@wv.gov
    Twin Falls State Park 304-658-6212 TwinFallsSP@wv.gov


    posted Friday, April 11, 2014 aA 10:19 AM
     

  21. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 7-11, 2014



        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 7, 2014:
     
    Anawalt Lake
    Anthony Creek
    Berwind Lake
    Big Clear Creek
    Big Sandy Creek
    Blackwater River
    Brandywine Lake
    Brushy Fork Lake
    Buffalo Creek (Brooke)
    Buffalo Fork Lake
    Bullskin Run
    Cacapon Park Lake
    Castlemans Run Lake
    Cherry River
    Clover Run
    Coonskin Park Lake (Children & Class Q)
    Coopers Rock Lake
    Cranberry River
    Deer Creek (Nicholas)
    Dillons Run
    Dog Run Lake
    Dry Fork (McDowell)
    Dunkard Fork Lake
    Dunloup Creek
    East Fork Greenbrier River
    Edwards Run and Pond
    Elk River
    Evitts Run
    Fall Run
    Fort Ashby Reservoir
    French Creek Pond
    Gandy Creek
    Glade Creek of New River
    Glady Fork
    Greenbrier River
    Horseshoe Run
    Indian Creek
    Jimmy Lewis Lake
    Kimsey Run Lake
    Knapps Creek
    Laurel Creek of Cherry River
    Laurel Fork (Randolph)
    Laurel Fork of Holly River
    Left Fork of Holly River
    Little Clear Creek
    Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
    Little River West Fork Greenbrier River
    Lost River
    Marsh Fork
    Mason Lake
    Middle Creek (Berkeley)
    Middle Wheeling Lake
    Mill Creek of Opequon Creek (Berkeley)
    Mill Creek of South branch
    New Creek
    North Fork of Lunice
    North Fork of Patterson Creek
    North Fork of South Branch
    Opequon Creek
    Paw Paw Creek
    Pipestem Lake
    Poorhouse Pond
    Rhine Creek
    Rich Creek
    Rockhouse Lake
    Rocky Marsh Run
    Rollins Lake
    Seneca Lake
    Shavers Fork (Bemis)
    Shavers Fork C&R (upper section rail stocking)
    Shavers Fork (lower section rail stocking –
    Bowden to Bemis)
    Shavers Fork (lower section)
    Shavers Fork (upper section rail stocking –
    above Cheat Bridge)
    Shavers Fork (upper section rail stocking –
    below C&R to High Falls)
    Shavers Fork (upper section)
    South Branch (Franklin)
    South Branch (Smoke Hole)
    South Fork of Cherry River
    South Fork of Cranberry River
    South Mill Creek Lake
    Spruce Knob Lake
    Spruce Laurel Fork
    Summersville Tailwaters
    Summit Lake
    Thomas Park Lake
    Tilhance Creek
    Trout Run
    Tuscarora Creek
    Waites Run
    Watoga Lake
    West Fork Greenbrier River
    West Fork Greenbrier River (railroad grade)
    Whiteday Creek
    Williams River

    **DNR**


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                                   
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 11, 2014

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Mike Shingleton, Wildlife Resources Section 304-637-0245 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov  

    posted Friday, April 11, 2014 aP 3:21 PM
     

  22. Blennerhassett Sternwheeler Charters for Rollin’ on the River Get-togethers in 2014

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Those planning family or group gatherings can take advantage of paddlewheel charters aboard the Island Belle sternwheeler this summer. Evening excursions on the Ohio River for birthday parties, graduations, family reunions, office parties and other events can be scheduled with Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, W.Va. Boat charters begin in May and continue through October 2014.         

    The Island Belle, Blennerhassett Island State Park’s sternwheeler that transports visitors from Point Park in Parkersburg to the island and back, has a 149 passenger capacity. The boat features an open upper deck and an enclosed, climate-controlled lower deck with tables and chairs, countertop with sink and two restrooms.

    Charters can be scheduled for a two-, three- or four-hour time period while navigating the Ohio River. Charters are scheduled after Blennerhassett Island operational hours.

    “Booking the sternwheeler for an evening permits the organizer to bring food or make arrangements for a caterer,” said Matt Baker, park superintendent. “Decorations can be brought aboard to make your event more fun and festive; however, lit candles are not permitted. Groups may incorporate a disc jockey, live band or provide their own CDs.”

    To plan a paddlewheel party charter, call the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park office at 304-420-4800 for more information or visit the website www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 

    The Island Belle sternwheeler takes visitors to and from Blennerhassett Island State Park near Parkersburg. It also is available for chartered trips and events.

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                             

    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 14, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks 

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov 

    Contact: Matt Baker, Superintendent 304-420-4800 blennerhassettislandsp@wv.gov

     

    posted Monday, April 14, 2014 aP 4:40 PM
     

  23. Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014

    Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

        ROANOKE, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2014, beginning at 1 p.m. at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke, W.Va. in Lewis County.
        The public is invited to attend and make comments. Items on the agenda include:

    •    Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire
    •    Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regulations
    •    Review Proposed 2015 - 2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations
    •    Review Proposed 2015 Fishing Regulations

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 15, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Emily Fleming, Assistant to the Director 304-558-2754

    posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 aP 1:28 PM
     

  24. May Wonderful West Virginia magazine features Avian Antics, Sumner School, Furniture Craftsman Mark Soukup and Natural Treasures

    May 2014 Wonderful WV magazine
    May 2014 Wonderful WV magazine

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The May 2014 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, features articles about national natural treasures Organ Cave and Fisher Spring Run Bog, avian entertainment provided by tree swallows and bluebirds, a history of Parkersburg’s Sumner School, and a profile of master furniture craftsman Mark Soukup. This month’s photo gallery features the work of Randall Sanger in the New River Gorge. The cover shows abundant wildflowers along the King Coal Highway.

    National Natural Landmarks

        Only 15 places in West Virginia bear this federal designation, due to their remarkable historical, biological and/or geological features. This article takes a look at Organ Cave and Fisher Spring Run Bog.

    Avian Entertainment

        Who needs Netflix or HBO? Come springtime, if you’ve got nest boxes, you could be glued to the antics and activities of two lively bird species – tree swallows and bluebirds. Also, some tips for capturing them on camera.

    Education Landmark: Sumner School

        In 1862, free blacks in what was then Parkersburg, Virginia, so wanted a school for their children that they appealed directly tor President Abraham Lincoln, who donated the school’s first building. Sumner School ultimately became West Virginia’s first black public school.

    Fit for a President: Furniture by Mark Soukup

        Using traditional materials and methods, this master craftsman creates authentic 18th-century furniture, including pieces prized by curators at the estates of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

        Wonderful West Virginia magazine, the state’s premier full-color magazine of history and outdoor adventure, is published monthly by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It is available at newsstands for $3 a copy, or by subscription by calling 1-800-225-5982 or online at www.wonderfulwv.com.

    A one-year subscription to the print version is $18 or two years for $36. It also is available for the iPad at an annual rate of $12 for 12 issues. Combined subscriptions for both print and iPad versions are available for $20 for 12 issues. Gift subscriptions also are available.

        Be sure to follow on Facebook at Wonderful West Virginia Magazine.

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 15, 2014

    Facebook: Wonderful West Virginia Magazine

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov
     
    Contact: Bryan Hoffman, Publisher, Wonderful West Virginia
    304-558-5546 Bryan.M.Hoffman@wv.gov

    posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 aP 2:02 PM
     

  25. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Apr. 28 – May 11

    Rally in the Valley: May 1-4, Williamson
    One of the coolest motorcycle rallies in the east with hundreds of miles of curves on the Appalachian Mountain roads around Williamson. Additional activities and attractions include lots of food, various vendors, numerous bands, bike show, Miss Rally in the Valley contest, bike games, and Bikini Bike Wash! Call 304-235-5240 or 606-625-6850, visit https://www.facebook.com/RallyInTheVally, or email tvcc1.natalie@yahoo.com or wvkayaker@msn.com for additional information.

    13th Annual Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering: May 2-4, Bridgeport City Park, Bridgeport
    This year’s festival has all the events, exhibitors and activities you’ve come to expect. The Friday night Ceilidh (kā-lē) is an intimate opportunity to see and hear many of the entertainers that will perform on Saturday at the Festival, visit with old friends and meet new ones. Saturday’s activities will include a EUSPBA-sanctioned Solo Bagpipe competition, FUSTA-sanctioned Highland Dancing Competition, And MASA-sanctioned Heavy Athletic Competition. Additional activities and attractions include: Scottish Country Dancing, heritage musicians, living history presentations, children’s activities, Scottish vendors, food, genealogy, Scottish society and clan representatives, Scottish dogs, sheep and duck herding demonstrations, Shetland sheep, Highland cattle and more. There’ll be stage performances during the day by headline performers who will also appear in concert Saturday evening in the Bridgeport High School Auditorium. On Sunday, a special Scottish Heritage Church Service and Celebration takes place at First Presbyterian church in Clarksburg to finish out the festival. For more information, call 304-677-6425, email daa223@juno.com or visit http://www.scots-westvirginia.com.

    Spring Fest: May 2-4, Franklin
    This annual event takes place on the first weekend in May. Activities include a car show, cornhole tournament, box car derby, various vendors, and the popular Trout Rodeo! Call 304-358-3884 or visit http://www.pendletoncountywv.org for additional information. 

    10th Annual Engines and Wheels Festival: May 3, North Bend State Park, Cairo
    Turn-of-the-century oil field, industrial and farm machinery will be at the Jughandle day-use area from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come experience these old-fashioned machines and learn how the engines, wheels, and antique mechanisms became the workhorses of a generation, fulfilling the demands of a growing nation. Discover the history behind these fascinating machines and the men who worked with them. Local engine and wheels enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their knowledge of the equipment and the mechanisms that make it work. There will also be an antique car cruise-in in the afternoon. A local radio station will be on site broadcasting live. You could be chosen to give a live interview on the air! Admission and all activities are free! Additional attractions include craft vendors, demonstrations and outdoor grill concessions. Visit http://www.northbendsp.com/Special/special.html or call North Bend for reservations at 304-643-2931. For more information on the event or to bring Engines and Wheels, please contact: Fred Steed at 304-483-1650, Clifford Deem at 304-643-4254, or Dave Wilson at 304-628-3587.

    Bike the Park: May 3, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
    Join us for a great day of mountain biking. This biking event is for anyone, from beginner to advanced,  who likes to mountain bike and/or wants to learn more about mountain biking. Call 304-294-400 or visit http://www.twinfallsresort.com/calendar.html for more information.

    Heritage Farm Spring Festival: May 3, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, 3300 Harvey Rd., Huntington
    Step back in time and watch Heritage Farm come alive with demonstrations of blacksmithing, sheep shearing, timber sawing, glass blowing, pottery making, wood working, printing, and exhibits from various Appalachian artisans. There will also be food available to purchase. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 through 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 304-522-1244, email hfmv@comcast.net or visit us on the web at http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

    Shawnee Spring Gathering: May 3, Krodel Park, Point Pleasant
    Shawnee Spring Gathering is an intertribal gathering with native drumming and dancing. Confirmed vendors include Karen's Lunch & Munch, Wolf Creations, Vets and family descendants of Native Americans, Point Souvenir Gift, Celtic Indian, and Three Sisters Native Foods. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 304-417-6158 or 304-675-7933 or email Fawn_Shawnee@yahoo.com for additional information.

    Spring Wildflowers: May 3, Watoga State Park, Marlinton
    Join us at Cabin #1 near the Greenbrier River to check out the blooming wonders. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by the superintendent or assistant superintendent of Watoga State Park. For more information, visit http://www.watoga.com/special.html  or call 304-799-4087.

    Antique Gas Engine Show: May 3-4, WV State Farm Museum, Point Pleasant
    Attractions and activities include: exhibit of a working sawmill, displays of small engines and antique tractors, over 30 historic buildings, the “General”, and other numerous exhibits. Sunday church services will be held beginning at 9 a.m. with a gospel sing following at 1:30 p.m. The Museum Country Kitchen and Country Store will also be open. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit http://www.wvfarmmuseum.org, call 304-675-5737, or email wvsfm@wvfarmmuseum.org for additional information.

    Rendezvous on the River: May 7-10, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg
    Muzzleloader and mountain men will be gathering on Blennerhassett Island for their spring rendezvous. Authentic campsites, demonstrations of camp-life and period dress will be featured throughout the event. For more information, visit http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/calendar.html or call the park office at 304-420-4800.

    WV Wildflower Pilgrimage: May 8-11, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis
    To help identify plants and birds, point out interesting flora and fauna, and answer questions, specialists will be on hand from West Virginia University; West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; West Virginia Garden Club, Inc.; Brooks Bird Club and various colleges. Tours to area natural wonders are planned for Friday and Saturday. Registration is required in advance and the weekend is offered as a package deal. For more information, email wendy.l.green@wv.gov or call 304-558-2754.

    Bluegrass Festival: May 9-11, North Bend State Park, Cairo
    Come out and help us celebrate 20 years of Bluegrass at North Bend State Park and lose yourself in the rhythm of the music and traditional sounds of our Appalachian heritage! Bring your family and friends for a fun-filled weekend of pickin’, grinin’, pluckin’, and singin’. Bluegrass bands from throughout the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia, as well as from the surrounding region will be performing. Special overnight packages will be available for the lodge, cabins and campground. For more information, visit http://www.northbendsp.com/Special/special.html or call 304-643-2931.

    13th Annual Ranson Festival and 4th Annual Ranson Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show: May 10, Ranson
    Activities and attractions include food, various vendors, face painting, free moonbounces, free pony rides, crafts, DJ, and live musical entertainment, and much more. The 4th Annual Ranson Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show is held in conjunction with the Ranson Festival. Entry fee is $15 and all makes and models are welcome to participate. The first 100 entries will receive a dash plaque. Additionally, there will be 14 Specialty Awards and 30 Overall Awards presented. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit http://www.ransonwv.us, email jpalencar@ransonwv.us, or call 304-724-3862 for additional information.

    Bramwell Spring Tour of Homes: May 10, Bramwell
    Bramwell, located 8 miles north of Bluefield, is known as the "Home of the Millionaires." Settled in the early 1800s, the area was surrounded by massive coal deposits. As the coal was mined, the operators began to build grand homes in Bramwell.  The town became known as the richest town for its size at the turn of the 20th century.  Today many of the coal barons' homes are open for public tours on the second Saturday in May and December.  With historic interpreters at each site, the visitor listens to the stories of the early pioneers and their families. Hours for the tours are 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and are conducted rain or shine. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church the day of the tour. Call 304-248-8381, visit http://www.visitbramwell.com, or email bettylgoins@gmail.com for additional information.

    Irish Road Bowling: May 10, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston
    This ancient game has been played for more than 300 years on the rural country roads in Ireland. Also known as Irish Long Bullets, this sport is for men and women of all ages from 9 to 90 and is extremely easy to learn while being highly competitive. An iron and steel small cannonball, called a “bowl” is hurled down a 1.2 mile country lane, fewest throws to the finish line wins, similar to golf. Throws can roll 250 or even 300 yards. Team registration begins at 12:20 p.m. and bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. To learn more about WV Irish Road Bowling, visit http://www.wvirishroadbowling.com or contact Stephen Wallington at 304-638-3224. For more information about Kanawha State Forest, call 304-558-3500.

    73rd Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival: May 10-18, Buckhannon
    The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to honor the strawberry harvest.  Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone. Children and adults alike will enjoy the fun and thrills of the carnival. Take a stroll through the arts and craft exhibits, quilt show, photography show, or the souvenir shop. Enjoy the variety of Main Street and Courthouse entertainment or stop by the band competition, car show, strawberry auction, Irish Road Bowling, or your favorite sporting event. You won't want to miss the huge block parties of entertainment on Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights. Come join us and you'll discover that there is no better way to begin your summer! For a complete schedule, visit http://www.wvstrawberryfestival.com, email info@WVStrawberryFestival.com, or call 304-472-9036.

    The West Virginia Division of Tourism produces this media advisory with the help of other agencies and tourism businesses across the Mountain State. If you would like additional information about coming events in the Mountain State or if you are an event organizer or promoter and would like to have your event considered for inclusion in the Adventure Advisory, please contact Jacqueline Proctor at Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov.

    Apr. 15, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Jacqueline Proctor
    304-957-9312
    Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov

     

    posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 aP 2:07 PM
     

  26. West Virginia State Park hikes scheduled during New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 25–27, 2014

    Brush Creek Falls
    Brush Creek Falls in Pipestem Resort State Park will be the site of several West Virginia state parks wildflower walks during New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend April 25-27. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

    CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – Some of West Virginia’s state parks will participate in the National Park Service’s 11th annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 25-27, by scheduling several special hikes. All are free and the public is invited. Full program details are online at www.nps.gov/neri.

    April 26, 2014  
    •    Take a Signs of Spring Walk at Little Beaver State Park starting at 3:30 p.m. at the park office. See spring in bloom on this leisurely 1.3 mile discovery walk throughout the park. Look for wildflowers, signs of animals and more. www.littlebeaverstatepark.com 304-763-2494

    April 27, 2014
    •    Babcock State Park will have a Spring Birding Walk beginning at 8 a.m. Meet at the Glade Creek Grist Mill for an hour-and-a-half birding walk. Stroll through the diverse habitats of Babcock in search of the region’s secretive beauties — birds. www.babcock.com  304-438-3004
     
    •    Falls & Flowers: Nature of Brush Creek is Pipestem State Park’s weekend wildflower hike. Meet at the Pipestem Nature Center at 2 p.m. for a drive to Brush Creek Falls and a 3-mile spring walk. www.pipestemresort.com 304-466-1800

    •    Hawks Nest Views & Beauties Walk begins at the older areas of Hawks Nest State Park for the 2-4 p.m. interpretative program. Explore the original section of the park built by the CCC, including the walkway to the main overlook and the forested loop trail. Walk only 1 mile on this leisurely stroll through this beautiful and historic area, seeing nature’s wonders. www.hawksnestsp.com 304-658-5212.

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 16, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sean Pettrey, Babcock State Park, babcocksp@wv.gov 304-438-3004






    posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 aP 12:14 PM
     

  27. Power Disruption at Tomlinson Run State Park Campground

     
        NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. - A power disruption has occurred in the campground at Tomlinson Run State Park near New Manchester in Hancock County, according to Park Superintendent Sam Morris. Electrical service to all other facilities at the park is not affected.

         “A recent power surge has left the entire campground without electricity,’” Morris said. “Our engineering section from the central office is evaluating the problem and we hope to resolve the situation soon.” 

        Tomlinson Run campground is open, but with limited services offered.

        “As compensation, campers will pay a special $15 per night rate, which will be in effect until power is restored,” Morris said. The normal rate for campsites with electricity is $24 per night.

        The 54-site campground at Tomlinson Run features a convenience store, dump station, two bathhouses, hot showers and laundry facilities. All sites are suitable for tent or trailer and feature picnic tables and grills, while 39 sites feature electric hookups. The campground opened April 1 and remains in operation through Oct. 31.

         Tomlinson Run State Park in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle offers lake fishing, swimming and a water slide, canoeing and kayaking and hiking trails. Disc golf and camping attract vacationers who enjoy outdoor settings with the comforts of a tent, yurt, camper cabin or recreational vehicle. 

        For updates on the electrical system situation or information about activities at Tomlinson Run State Park, visit www.tomlinsonrunsp.com or call 304-564-3651

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 

    The Tomlinson Run State Park campground remains open at a discounted rate while staff works to restore electrical service.


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 17, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sam Morris, Superintendent, Samuel.A.Morris@wv.gov 304-564-3651

    posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 aP 3:59 PM
     

  28. Public Employees Golf Tournament May 19, 2014, Twin Falls State Park


    Register by May 15
        
        MULLENS, W.Va. – The 23rd annual West Virginia Public Employees Golf Tournament is scheduled at Twin Falls Resort State Park Monday, May 19, 2014, and is open to current and retired federal, state and county employees. Preregistration is necessary by noon, May 15, 2014. The tournament is limited to 108 players, so early registration is encouraged.

        A practice round is available Sunday, May 18 (call 304-294-4044 to schedule a tee time). The tournament begins Monday with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in both Men’s and Women’s Division Low Gross and Low Net (Callaway Scoring system), closest to the pin, long drive, long putt and optional Skins Game, plus door prizes.

        Twin Falls Golf Professional Brian Wetzel indicates the course at Twin Falls can make a novice golfer play great and can humble great golfers. “It’s an every-man or -woman’s course to challenge. The pace of play at Twin Falls is moderate and allows golfers enough time to play the game but also time to take in some absolutely beautiful surroundings.”

        The Tournament cost is $50 and includes green fee, shared cart and cookout. Sunday’s practice round is $20. Participants can make lodging reservations for one or more nights by calling 304-294-4000 and asking for the WVPEGT discount. Room rates are $60 per room based on double occupancy.

        The tournament will be held rain or shine. Visit online for tournament information and the registration form. Find complete details and download the registration form at www.twinfallsresort.com/WVPEGT.pdf or call 304-294-4000.

        Twin Falls State Park is located in Wyoming County between Mullens and Pineville. The park features a Par 71 championship course as well as a 47-room lodge with fitness center and indoor pool, 14 vacation cottages and a 50-site campground. Noted for extensive watchable wildlife, the golf course is situated in a lush valley with the Black Fork stream meandering throughout the course. The original nine-hole course opened in the late 1960s and was designed by Geoffrey Cornish.  The course was expanded to 18-holes in the mid-‘80s following a George Cobb design plan. Signature holes include an elevated tee on Hole 4 and picturesque tees with rock outcroppings on Hole 14, yielding an expansive view of the back nine layout.

    **DNR**

    Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 

    The 2014 West Virginia Public Employees Golf Tournament will be held May 19 at the Twin Falls Resort State Park golf course.


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 17, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Brian Wetzel, PGA Professional, Twin Falls Resort State Park, 304-294-4000

    posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 aP 4:03 PM
     

  29. End of April 2014 Events at West Virginia’s State Parks

    Blue-eyed Mary
    Many spring blooming wildflowers, such as this Blue-eyed Mary, may be found at weekend hikes in West Virginia’s state parks. Photo by Ralph McNeeley, taken at Chief Logan State Park.

       SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring wildflower walks and volunteer days at many of West Virginia’s state parks are planned as April’s quirky weather yields to the merry month of May. Campgrounds are open and events and activities are increasing as summer approaches.

    Wildflower Walks April 26

        The 31st annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike will begin April 26 at 9:30 – 10 a.m. at Chief Logan State Park. The free event, sponsored by the Hemlock Hills Garden Club, Museum in the Park and WVDNR/Parks and Recreation, is for individuals ages four and older. A continental breakfast will be available at 9 a.m. Pre-register by calling Patsy Tilley, 304-583-2026. Additional information is posted on www.chiefloganstatepark.com. Hikers who want to stay overnight may call Chief Logan Lodge at 304-866-6100 and ask for the “wildflower” rate.

        The Osbra Eye Memorial Wildflower Hikes at Kanawha State Forest April 26 begin at 9 a.m. at the swimming pool area. There are multiple hikes to select from. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participation fees are $5 for adults and $2 for students younger than 16. Hot dogs, soft drinks, and cookies will be for sale by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation. Door prizes are part of this event. Participants should wear appropriate shoes or boots. To learn more about Kanawha State Forest, visit www.kanawhastateforest.com or call 304-558-3500.

    Birding Walk April 26

        The second of three free morning bird walks at Prickett’s Fort State Park begins April 26 at 8 a.m. Prickett's Fort’s location near water, fields and woodland margins is the ideal location for observation of spring migratory species. The third birding program is May 3. For more information, visit www.prickettsfortstatepark.com or call 304-363-3030.

    Cleanup Days April 26

        The Annual Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day April 26 at Cacapon State Park is organized by the park naturalist and staff and the Cacapon State Park Foundation. Volunteers will help re-blaze the trails, trim back limbs and briars and move other obstructions such as downed trees and branches. Anyone interested in helping should meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. for the 4-hour event. For more information, visit www.cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022.

        It's Spring Cleanup Day April 26 at Hawks Nest State Park. Meet at the Midland Trail Shelter at 9 a.m. for a fun day outdoors cleaning up the park for spring. This workday is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch provided. Pre-registration deadline is April 22. To pre-register, call Hawks Nest State Park office at 304-658-5196, email hawksnestsp@wv.gov or visit www.hawksnestsp.com.

    Irish Road Bowling April 26 and 27

        Irish Road Bowling returns to Pipestem Resort State Park April 26 and 27. Pipestem offers magnificent views of Appalachian spring colors in southern West Virginia and has one of the state's best bowling roads. Kevin Smith with the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association is the organizer and welcomes avid road bowlers or anyone interested in learning this outdoor sport.

        To learn more about Pipestem Resort, visit www.pipestemresort.com. For room reservations at Pipestem’s McKeever Lodge, call 304-466-1800. To register or inquire about Irish Road Bowling times, call Kevin Smith at 304-228-7928.

        Other Irish Road Bowling dates at West Virginia’s state parks in 2014 include: May 10 – Kanawha State Forest; June 14 – Blackwater Falls State Park; June 15 – Canaan Valley Resort; July 19 – Cacapon Resort State Park (Morgan County Fair); October 11 – Holly River State Park; and October 25 – Chief Logan State Park. Find out more about the sport and other events at www.wvirb.org.

    Lunar Cycle April 26

        The Lunar Cycle is mountain biking at night at Watters Smith Memorial State Park April 26. Pre-registration is required for this 9 p.m.-to-midnight adventure. Park Superintendent Andy Bennett will meet with participants for a safety check and ride discussion. Refreshments including moon pies are part of the evening. Riders must have appropriate safety and lighting gear. To register, call 304-745-3081.

        Other events planned and conducted by Bennett at Watters Smith State Park include:  Spring Bird Walk, May 10; National Trails Day “Nature by Night Hike,” June 7; and Moth Night, July 26. Learn more about Watters Smith State Park at www.watterssmithstatepark.com.

    Brush Creek Falls Hike at Pipestem State Park April 27

        Falls & Flowers: Nature of Brush Creek Hike at Pipestem State Park April 27 offers a free trip to one of the area’s best-known waterfalls, Brush Creek Falls. Participants will caravan to the falls from the Pipestem Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. for the two-hour event. The park’s nature center hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. A daily activities list is posted on www.pipestemresort.com. For additional hike and activity information, call 304-466-1800.

    **DNR**


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 18, 2014

    Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section
    304-558-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

    posted Friday, April 18, 2014 aP 12:34 PM
     

  30. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 14-18, 2014


        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 14, 2014:
     
    Anthony Creek
    Bear Rocks Lake
    Blackwater River
    Buckhannon River
    Buffalo Creek (Logan)
    Bullskin Run
    Burnsville Tailwaters
    Cacapon Park Lake
    Camp Creek
    Clear Fork of Guyandotte River
    Cranberry River
    Curtisville Lake
    Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker)
    East Fork Greenbrier River
    East River
    Elk River
    Evitts Run
    Gandy Creek
    Glade Creek of Mann
    Glady Fork
    Kings Creek
    Knapps Creek
    Laurel Creek of New River
    Laurel Fork (Randolph)
    Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River
    Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
    Little River West Fork Greenbrier River
    Lost River
    Mash Fork
    Mash Fork of Camp Creek (Children & Class Q)
    Meadow Creek of Anthony Creek
    Middle Creek (Berkeley)
    Middle Fork River
    Mill Creek of New River
    Mill Creek of Opequon Creek (Berkeley)
    Mill Creek Reservoir
    New Creek
    New Creek Dam #14
    North Fork Fishing Creek
    North Fork of Anthony Creek
    North Fork of Cherry River
    North Fork of Patterson Creek
    North Fork of South Branch
    North River
    Opequon Creek
    Paint Creek
    Pinnacle Creek (lower section)
    Pond Fork
    R. D. Bailey Tailwaters
    Red Creek
    Right Fork of Buckhannon River
    Right Fork of Middle Fork
    Rockcliff Lake
    Rocky Marsh Run
    Shavers Fork (Bemis)
    Shavers Fork (lower section)
    Shavers Fork (upper section)
    South Branch (Franklin)
    South Branch (Smoke Hole)
    South Fork Fishing Creek
    Spruce Knob Lake
    Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
    Summit Lake
    Sutton Tailwaters
    Teter Creek Lake
    Tomlinson Run
    Tomlinson Run Lake
    Trout Run
    Tygart Headwaters
    Waites Run
    Wallback Lake
    Watoga Lake
    West Fork Greenbrier River
    Wheeling Creek
    Williams River

     

    **DNR**

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                                   
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 18, 2014

    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Mike Shingleton, Wildlife Resources Section 304-637-0245 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov  

    posted Friday, April 18, 2014 aP 3:13 PM
     

  31. Pennington Project Band Plays at Chief Logan Lodge April 26, 2014

    Chief Logan Lodge
    The Pennington Project band will perform a free concert at Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

        LOGAN, W.Va. - The Pennington Project, a local band, will play a free concert at Chief Logan Lodge Saturday, April 26, starting at 7 p.m. The show is open to the public to enjoy listening and dancing.

        The Pennington Project is a three-to-six piece Charleston-based band that plays jazz, golden oldies rock, big band and contemporary music. “The variety appeals to all ages and the band provides great evening entertainment,” said Danny Taylor, Chief Logan Lodge general manager.

        The popular state park lodge restaurant is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Overnight guests should ask for the Spring Wildflower lodging room rate, which is in effect through April 30 with rooms at $63.20 per night, double, queen or king size. The lodge features an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room and comfortable lobbies for gatherings.

        To learn more about Chief Logan Lodge, lodging and events, call 304-855-6100 or visit www.chiefloganlodge.com.

    **DNR**


    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                    
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
    Frank Jezioro, Director

    News Release: April 24, 2014

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    Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
    Contact: Danny Taylor, General Manager, Chief Logan Lodge  Danny.J.Taylor@wv.gov 304-855-6100

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  34. Governor Tomblin Proclaims April Arbor Month

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia.

    “West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation, with 12 million acres of forests. This vast renewable resource is important to our economy—providing thousands of jobs—in addition to providing animal habitats, countless recreation opportunities and contributing to our state’s natural beauty,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Arbor Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to get involved in our communities and plant a tree.”

    Officials from the Division of Forestry will assist communities throughout the state with tree plantings, Arbor Day events and Tree City USA award celebrations.

    West Virginia’s official Arbor Day is Friday, April 11, but many communities schedule celebrations throughout April and May.

    National Arbor Day is the last Friday of the month – April 25 this year.

    Julius Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in 1872 in Nebraska. Morton found the treeless prairies of Nebraska to be detrimental to farming and began planting trees and shrubs to prevent the loss of valuable soil. The idea of Arbor Day gradually spread to other states and found its way to West Virginia in 1883.

    For more information about Arbor Day events and West Virginia’s forests, visit www.wvforestry.com.

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    West Virginia Division of Forestry
    www.wvforestry.com
    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
    Randy Dye, Director/State Forester

    Follow us on Facebook:  WV Commerce - Forestry

    News Release:  April 10, 2014             

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

     

    posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 aP 12:46 PM
     

  35. Fifteen W.Va. Communities Awarded Tree City USA Status Arbor Day celebrations scheduled

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials at the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) announced that 15 cities and towns have been awarded Tree City USA status. Those communities are Bath, Bluefield, Elkins, Follansbee, Harpers Ferry, Hinton, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Ronceverte, Shepherdstown, Summersville, Vienna and Williamstown. Being named a Tree City USA community means that each city or town has committed to maintaining a sustained and active tree care agenda.

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    Lewisburg, West Virginia

    Harpers Ferry
    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Elkins
    Elkins, West Virginia

    Members of the DOF’s Urban and Community Forestry program will assist those communities with tree plantings, Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA award celebrations. Events have been scheduled as follows:

    •    April 11:  Hinton, Lewisburg, Ronceverte and Vienna
    •    April 23:  Huntington
    •    April 25:  Elkins, Parkersburg, Summersville and Williamstown
    •    April 26:  Harpers Ferry
    •    April 29:  Bath

    Planning of celebrations for Bluefield, Follansbee and Shepherdstown are underway and dates will be announced. Morgantown will celebrate its Tree City USA award this fall.

    West Virginia’s official Arbor Day is Friday, April 11, but many communities schedule celebrations throughout April and May. National Arbor Day is the last Friday of the month – April 25 this year.
        
    For more information about Arbor Day and Arbor Month, contact Partnership Coordinator Andy Sheetz at 304-382-9574 or email Andy.I.Sheetz@wv.gov.

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    West Virginia Division of Forestry
    www.wvforestry.com

    Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
    Randy Dye, Director/State Forester

    Follow us on Facebook:  WV Commerce - Forestry

    News Release:  April 10, 2014             

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

     

    posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 aP 1:00 PM
     

  36. State Tree Nursery Accepting Orders through April 30, 2014

    State Tree Nursery Accepting Orders through April 30, 2014WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Spring may have sprung a little late this year, but there is still time to order seedlings from Clements State Tree Nursery.

    West Virginia Division of Forestry officials have extended the deadline to order tree seedlings through April 30, 2014. All trees are bare-root seedlings and are 1 to 2 years old. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25 and can be mailed directly to the customer or picked up at the nursery. Clements State Tree Nursery is located in West Columbia, W.Va., on W.Va. Rt. 62 just 11 miles north of Point Pleasant. Prices depend on the number of seedlings ordered and there is a 30 percent discount offered on orders of 5,000 or more.

    Orders can be placed online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery or phoned in at 304-675-1820.

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    Photo courtesy W.Va. Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Clements State Tree Nursery sells bare-root seedlings suitable for planting in W.Va. and adjoining states.

    News Release:  April 22, 2014

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

    posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 aA 10:36 AM
     

  37. West Virginia Seedlings Available to Ohio Residents - Nursery taking orders through April 30

    WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. – Ohio landowners in search of bare-root seedlings need only look to their eastern neighbor. West Virginia’s Clements State Tree Nursery will accept orders through April 30, 2014. The nursery sells bare-root seedlings that are suitable for reforestation, coal mine reclamation, wildlife cover and Christmas tree production. Seedlings are grown from seed collected within West Virginia and surrounding states and are suitable for planting in Ohio.

    “Clements State Tree Nursery grows seedlings native to our region plus a few introduced species that provide specific benefits to landowners,” said W.Va. State Forester Randy Dye. “Native trees provide excellent wildlife habitat and, because they generally grow well, require less maintenance than non-native or exotic species.”

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry Chief Robert Boyles said that purchasing seedlings from Clements to plant in Ohio is a sound forest management decision.

    “Ohio landowners are encouraged to work with professional foresters to develop management plans for their woodlands, and choosing to plant seedlings grown at Clements State Tree Nursery as part of those plans can be a sound forest management decision,” said Boyles.

    All trees are bare-root seedlings and are 1 to 2 years old. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25. Prices depend on the number of seedlings ordered, and there is a 30 percent discount offered on orders of 5,000 or more.

    Order online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery or call 304-675-1820.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Clements State Tree Nursery in West Columbia, W.Va. sells seedlings grown from seed collected within West Virginia and surrounding states that are suitable for planting in Ohio.

    Follow us on Facebook:  WV Commerce - Forestry

    News Release:  April 23, 2014    

    Contacts:

    Leslie Smithson, West Virginia Division of Forestry, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    Cotton Randall, ODNR Division of Forestry, 614-265-6667, Cotton.Randall@dnr.state.oh.us 

    posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 aP 3:27 PM