Important Bird Areas

West Virginia

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West Virginia IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 14 9,505,474
Continental 1 248,303
State 5 17,571
Total 20 9,771,348

West Virginia's Important Bird Areas Program has been active for two years with a steering committee and a web site that hosts nomination forms, site forms, and county contacts. Phase one of the IBA program, site identification, is moving forward with selection of a technical committee and solicitation of site nominations. Efforts are also underway to establish close ties with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, West Virginia Audubon Chapters and other interested individuals and organizations.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Allegheny Mountains Forest Block Complex Recognized Global A3
Beech Fork State Park Recognized State Cabell, Wayne
Cedar Creek State Park Identified Global Gilmer A3, D1
Coopers Rock State Forest IBA Recognized State Monongalia, Preston
Dutch Ridge Recognized State Clay, Kanawha D1
Greenbrier River Drainage and Adjacent Mts. Identified Global Greenbrier A3, D1
Guyandotte Mountain Vicinity Recognized Global Boone, Raleigh, Wyoming A3
Jim Ridge Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Kanawha State Forest Recognized Global Kanawha A3
Lewis Wetzel WMA Recognized Global Wetzel A3, D1
Monongahela NF - Coberly Sods Identified Global Randolph A3, D1
Murphy Preserve Identified State Ritchie D1
New River Gorge - Garden Ground Mt. IBA Recognized Global Fayette, Raleigh, Summers A3
North Bend State Park Recognized Global Ritchie A3
Ritchie Mines WMA Recognized Global Ritchie A3
Sand Hill WMA Identified Global Ritchie, Wood A3, D1
Southern Allegheny Plateau Forest Block Complex Recognized Global A3
Stumptown WMA Identified Global Calhoun, Gilmer A3, D1
Wallback WMA Identified Global Clay, Kanawha, Roane A3, D1
Whitby - Bowyer Creek Identified State Raleigh D1