WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 5 B- 2 G- 2
§5B-2G-2. Legislative findings and purpose.
Legislative findings and purpose:
(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:
(1) The State of West Virginia's rural character, natural
wonders, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities combine to
create an exceptional quality of life for its citizens;
(2) West Virginia's landscapes serve as an economic engine
supporting vibrant forest products, agricultural, hunting and
fishing and tourism industries;
(3) West Virginia's unique and important lands are key to
attracting new businesses and knowledge workers who are mobile and
capable of doing business anywhere and critical to diversifying the
economy of the State of West Virginia;
(4) West Virginia's unique and important lands provide all
West Virginians hunting, fishing, rafting, hiking and other
recreational opportunities important to their health and
(5) West Virginia's unique and important lands are critical to
the continued health of the state's wildlife habitats and West
Virginia's Wildlife Conservation Action Plan, mandated by the
United States Congress, recognizes that habitat loss is a key issue
confronting conservation of the state's valuable fish and wildlife
(6) The conversion of rural land to developed land in West
Virginia doubled between 1982 and 1997;
(7) There is a critical need to invest in the conservation of
unique and important wildlife habitat, natural areas, forest lands,
farmland and lands for hunting, fishing and recreation; and
(8) It is critical to encourage cooperation and innovative
public partnerships among landowners, state agencies, nonprofit
organizations and others which must work together in order to
conserve West Virginia's most important unique and rural lands.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide persons and
other entities an opportunity to voluntarily conserve land.
(c) Further, it is the intent of the Legislature to establish
a West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund, hereinafter
"fund", to establish an ongoing funding source to conserve unique
and important wildlife habitat, natural areas, forests, working
lands, lands for hunting, fishing and recreation and other lands
important to West Virginians.
(d) The Legislature finds that an ongoing funding source to
conserve unique and important lands will help to ensure that
present and future generations of West Virginians are able to enjoy
the economic, quality of life, health, recreational, scenic and
other benefits of conserved lands.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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