Statewide Wildlife Management Program:
The Statewide Wildlife Management Program is designed to conserve and manage
high quality habitats for a variety of wildlife species and to improve public
access to these resources. Management activities on state and national forest
lands include planting of trees and shrubs for food and cover, the
establishment of wildlife habitat, maintenance of food plots, and the
development of wetlands. In addition to conserving and managing high quality
wildlife habitat, development projects improve public access and recreational
opportunities. Construction of roads, parking lots, trails, and public shooting
ranges are vitally important to wildlife management programs.
Management Area Acquisitions:
The acquisition of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is a critical component of
the Wildlife Resources Section's effort to fulfill its mission to the citizens
of West Virginia. Spurred by the decline in public access to private land and
by the continued destruction of critical habitats, the WMA Program enables
wildlife biologists to conserve and manage habitat to benefit all wildlife
species. At the present time, 1.4 million acres, representing eight percent of
the state's total land area are managed by the Wildlife Resources Section for
public wildlife associated recreation.
Providing hunting access for the state's physically challenged is a priority of
the Wildlife Resources Section. District biologists work with local and
national advocacy organizations to modify public use facilities and develop
innovative programs that address the needs of physically challenged hunters.
Within the next 10 years, the Wildlife Resources Section plans on developing an
additional 20 trails on WMAs for the use and enjoyment by the state's
Select a Wildlife Management Area by Map and District
Maps of selected Wildlife Management Areas
New Topo Maps of selected Wildlife Management Areas
View the District, National Forest and State Forest lists of Wildlife Management Areas.
Rules and Regulations
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National Wildlife Refuges
DNR-Owned Or Leased Public Boating And Fishing Access Sites