It is the statutory mission of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to provide and administer a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment, and the use of the natural resources of the State of West Virginia.

Primary Divisions

  • Wildlife Resources Section
  • West Virginia State Parks Section
  • Law Enforcement Section

Agency Roles

  • DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section conserves , protects and manages the state’s fish and wildlife resources for the use and enjoyment of its citizens. The primary objective of the section is to maintain and perpetuate fish and wildlife at levels compatible with the available habitat, while providing diverse opportunities for recreation, research, conservation and education.

  • West Virginia State Parks Section promotes conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological or historical significance. Additionally the section provides outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and its visitors.

  • The Law Enforcement Section  conserves and protects the natural resources of the state by strict enforcement, education and public awareness, thereby promoting voluntary compliance with all state laws.

  • The Office of Land and Streams carries out the real estate title, acquisition and management of all recreational property owned or long-term leased by the division in the state. The program manages the beds of the state’s rivers and streams that are owned by the division.

  • West Virginia Mineral Development holds title to certain lands and mineral resources in the state. The Division of Natural Resources administers and manages those lands to provide for the conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the state’s natural resources by its citizens and visitors.

Annual Reports

WVDNR Annual Report 2019 – 2020

WVDNR Annual Report 2018 – 2019

WVDNR Annual Report 2017 – 2018

WVDNR Annual Report 2016 – 2017

Featured Articles

Why you need to buy RB/RRB stamps before the deer archery season

The start of West Virginia’s 2021 deer archery season is Sept. 25, which means time is running out to purchase your hunting license and RB/RRB stamps if you want to harvest additional deer. Hunting licenses and stamps can be purchased…

West Virginia’s archery/crossbow seasons start Sept. 25. Get ready with this preseason checklist.

If you’ve spent the last few weeks anxiously waiting for the fall hunting seasons to start, your patience is about to be rewarded because West Virginia’s archery/crossbow seasons for deer, bear and wild boar open on Saturday, Sept. 25.  If…

WV State Parks reconstructing original gateway entrance at Coopers Rock

An iconic wooden gateway that welcomed visitors to Coopers Rock State Forest in the 40s and 50s is being reconstructed as part of a series of improvements at the popular state forest. The project is a collaboration between the West…

WVDNR encourages private landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification

In an effort to create more natural habitat for wildlife around the state, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging landowners to join its Wild Yards program. The program, which has 300 members around the state, recognizes the…

WV State Parks announces return of guided elk viewing tours at Tomblin WMA

Wildlife enthusiasts and outdoor lovers who want a chance to see the Mountain State’s growing elk herd up close and in a natural setting can now book a seat on a guided elk viewing tour organized by West Virginia State…

WVDNR installs migratory animal tracking system at Hanging Rock

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists have installed a radio telemetry station at the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory in Monroe County to study the movement of birds, butterflies and other migratory animal species. The station is part of an…

WVDNR surveys Gandy Creek to assess weekly trout numbers

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently surveyed Gandy Creek to assess trout numbers in one of the state’s most popular fishing streams and biologists for the agency say their findings show there are still plenty of trout to catch in between stockings.

New West Virginia Wildlife Center biologist ready for busy summer

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center has a new resident biologist and while he’s only been on the job for a few months he already has some advice for people planning a visit in the coming months.

WVDNR partners with Toyota to promote pollinator conservation

Private landowners in the Kanawha Valley had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to create a pollinator habitat on their property through a recent workshop hosted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. 

WVDNR studying deer population around state

Thanks to a new West Virginia Division of Natural Resources study, hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts will soon know more about the state’s white-tailed deer population, their survival raises, behavior and movement patterns.

New law prohibiting possession of most native reptiles, amphibians now in effect

New regulations making it unlawful to take or possess most native reptiles and amphibians for any reason are now in effect in West Virginia.

Always wear a life jacket: 5 water safety tips that can save your life

National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28 and it’s the perfect time to enjoy lake adventures with friends and family. But before you get out on the water, there’s a few things you should know.