The mission of the West Virginia Division of Forestry is to protect and manage all State Forest resources through partnerships emphasizing a stewardship ethic. Forests provide a multitude of benefits and are a source of emotional, spiritual, and financial well being for the population in general. These benefits have tangible and intangible values. It has been said that the quality of life for modern man is in direct proportion to the health, quality, and abundance of the forest resource. The WV DOF manages the WV Forest Stewardship Program, the Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP), and the WV Forest Legacy Program.
The Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) provides technical assistance, through State forestry agency partners, to nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) owners to encourage and enable active long-term forest management. A primary focus of the Program is the development of comprehensive, multi-resource management plans that provide landowners with the information they need to manage their forests for a variety of products and services.
NRCS accomplishes its mission by working closely with West Virginia’s 14 conservation districts and six Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC &D). These locally elected or appointed community leaders ensure that local conservation concerns are met. The WV Conservation Agency and NRCS balance their specific local needs with a coordinated state and national conservation effort. NRCS employees serve all 55 West Virginia counties from 31 field offices across the state. Staff includes engineers, conservationists, technicians, soil scientists, RC&D coordinators, and volunteers. These employees work hand-in-hand with land users to conserve natural resources on private lands. The NRCS manages the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (www.wv.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip.html).
WVU Extension Service educators and volunteers build and help sustain collaborations and partnerships with people and organizations in West Virginia to improve their lives and communities. WVU-ES programs and services strengthen leaders of all ages, youth, and families and teach best practices for sustainable agriculture, for responsible use of renewable resources, and for stewardship of natural resources. WVU-ES offers a number of on-line publications related to forest management that can be viewed at: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/forestry/forestry.htm.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. FSA manages the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).