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.
- Wildlife Resources Section
- West Virginia State Parks Section
- Law Enforcement Section
- 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.
WVDNR Annual Report 2021 – 2022
WVDNR Annual Report 2020 – 2021
WVDNR Annual Report 2019 – 2020
WVDNR Annual Report 2018 – 2019
WVDNR Annual Report 2017 – 2018
WVDNR Annual Report 2016 – 2017
WVDNR stocks 79 waters during week of May 2-6
Anglers are reminded to purchase a 2023 fishing license and trout stamp. SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Monday that the following waters were stocked during the week of May 2-6: Trout stocking updates…
Your Spring Fishing Guide to West Virginia
Tips, best fishing spots and helpful reminders to get you ready for your spring fishing adventures in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport, May is a great time to go fishing in…
Your guide to spring turkey season in West Virginia
Hunting safety tips, essential gear and best hunting locations to help you enjoy turkey hunting in West Virginia It’s been a long winter, but spring is here and so is one of the most exciting events in West Virginia’s hunting…
WVDNR announces top teams, archers for 18th Archery in the Schools state tournament
More than 750 students from nearly 70 schools participated in the annual tournament. CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Thursday results from the 18th WVDNR Archery in the Schools State Tournament. The top high school…
9 go-to lakes and streams to help you plan your Gold Rush trip
Nine easy-to-access Gold Rush stocking locations where you can cast your line for a last minute trip. With 50,000 golden rainbow trout, 68 stockings and a chance to win a lifetime fishing license, the West Virginia Gold Rush is the…
7 bucket list items to help you plan your Gold Rush trip
Explore West Virginia’s natural beauty and catch a prized golden rainbow trout with our ultimate Gold Rush fishing trip bucket list. The sixth annual West Virginia Gold Rush is March 28 – April 8. This exciting event offers anglers an…
Wildlife Resources Report: Sectional Meetings
2023 Sectional Meeting Regulation Proposals Questionnaire On this Feb. 15, 2023 edition of the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Report, Chris Lawrence of WV Metro News talks to WVDNR Wildlife Section Chief Paul Johansen about the annual sectional meetings on March 13…
Wildlife Resources Report: Deer Project
On this Feb. 15, 2023 edition of the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Report, Chris Lawrence of WV Metro News talks to Brett Skelley about a study on whitetail deer in three areas of the state to gauge what’s killing the deer…
Archery in the Schools provides inclusive program for kids to learn valuable life skills
After two years of not having an in-person state Archery in the Schools tournament to look forward to, students in West Virginia finally have something to be excited about. The state Archery in the Schools program, which returned to in-person…
French Creek Freddie Facts To Get You Ready For Groundhog Day
You might know French Creek Freddie as West Virginia’s most popular weather-predicting groundhog, but do you know the story of how Freddie started forecasting or how he got his name? Get ready for Groundhog Day celebration at the West Virginia…
Five ways you can help protect wild woodland box turtles
When was the last time you saw a box turtle in the wild? Did you, like so many of us, enjoy watching its slow, steady plod through the grass? Were you treated to the sight of a turtle stretching its…
WVDNR highlights habitat and stream restoration project in Monongahela Forest
GLADY, W.VA. — More than 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Monongahela National Forest is being restored thanks to a collaborative project between the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service. The work is being…