West Virginia’s Wildlife Management Areas Provide Outstanding Recreational Opportunities
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – -(Ammoland.com)- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program is designed to conserve and manage high quality habitats for a variety of wildlife on 1.4 million acres of public lands, including State WMAs, State Forests, National Forest lands and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer projects.
In addition to conserving and managing wildlife habitat, development projects aimed at improving public access and recreational opportunities are an important component of the state’s WMA program.
“Using hunting and fishing license monies, the DNR continues to expand and develop WMAs throughout the state,” said District Wildlife Biologist Rob Silvester, who is based in the DNR District 3 office in French Creek.
“These land acquisition efforts have greatly enhanced our ability to provide wildlife-associated recreation opportunities to the citizens of West Virginia.
These areas are used by outdoor enthusiasts for fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, trapping, birding, or just a relaxing evening walk.”
WMAs support and offer a variety of development projects, including access roads and trails, parking areas, boat launch ramps, courtesy docks, public shooting ranges and campgrounds. Many areas have ponds stocked with fish, and some offer fishing piers and/or trails that provide access for physically-challenged sportsmen and women. In addition, WMAs provide a diversity of wildlife habitat and associated hunting opportunities.
“These areas are for your use and enjoyment, but please respect others and use them wisely,” said Silvester.
For more information concerning West Virginia’s WMAs, obtain a copy of Wildlife Management Areas — A Guide to Their Facilities, Fish and Wildlife available at all WVDNR district offices, or visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ website at www.wvdnr.gov.