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Division of Natural Resources

The mission of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is to provide a comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the state’s renewable natural resources. The agency works to preserve and protect natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological or historic significance while also providing countless outdoor recreational opportunities.

Division of Natural Resources has 3 primary divisions:

Agency Role:

  • DNR's Wildlife Resources Section is responsible for the conservation, protection and management of 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 a diversity of 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 and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.
  • The Law Enforcement Section is responsible for conserving and protecting 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.