West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) is an agency of the government of the U.S. state of West Virginia. While formerly known as the cabinet-level Department of Natural Resources, it is now part of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The WVDNR is responsible for wildlife management, hunting and fishing regulations, and boater safety and also oversees state parks and resorts. It also operates the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, a zoo in French Creek that exhibits West Virginian wildlife .
Parks and Recreation Section
The Parks and Recreation Section is responsible for the operation of West Virginia's network of state parks, as well as recreation facilities located in some state forests and wildlife management areas.
Wildlife Resources Section
Wildlife management areas
Wildlife Management Areas are managed by the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section. These facilities are intended to provide opportunities for hunting and fishing within the state.
State Wildlife Center
West Virginia began stocking fish in state waterways in the 1880s and has been operating its own fish hatcheries since 1930. Today, the Wildlife Resources Section operates a network of seven trout hatcheries and two warmwater fish hatcheries.
- Apple Grove Fish Hatchery (warm water)
- Bowden Fish Hatchery (trout)
- Edray Fish Hatchery (trout)
- Palestine Fish Hatchery (warm water)
- Petersburg Fish Hatchery (trout)
- Reeds Creek Fish Hatchery (trout)
- Ridge Fish Hatchery (trout)
- Spring Run Fish Hatchery (trout)
- Tate Lohr Fish Hatchery (trout)
- West Virginia Department of Commerce
- West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
- Ruben, Mike (2009-05-01). "West Virginia Hatcheries 'Stock It To 'Em'". The State Journal. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- WVDNR Warmwater Hatchery Program, accessed April 12, 2008.