Partnering with the state Division of Natural Resources, WVARF controls maintenance contracts for some of the state’s access points to public waters. Boat ramps, carry-down ramps and handicap-accessible docks are mowed to keep brush and debris from hindering access to anglers and boaters. This accessibility is one of many primary objectives for the DNR.
More than 200 public access sites along streams, rivers, and lakes are available to boaters and anglers. The DNR also partners with other agencies and local governments to construct boat access facilities and shoreline fishing trails. Access for anglers with disabilities is an important component of the access development program. A state advisory board assists the DNR in locating and designing handicap-accessible sites.
WVARF has coordinated State Use contracts to maintain stream access for the Division of Natural Resources. Ground maintenance is provided within regions by nine Community Rehabilitation Programs including:
* Buckhannon-Upshur Work Adjustment Center, Inc.
* Clay County Services Unlimited, Inc.
* Developmental Center & Workshop, Inc.
* Gateway Industries, Inc.
* Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, Inc.
* Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA, Inc.
* Randolph County Sheltered Workshop, Inc. (dba Seneca Designs, Inc.)
* SW Resources, Inc.
* Integrated Resources, Inc.
This great relationship has fostered additional work, as well. WVARF is currently pursuing opportunities with trail systems, and the DNR requested service for 5 new sites in 2013 alone!
Stream Access projects are individually contracted based on the required scope of work and labor hours necessary to complete each custom service contract. State departments and agencies can contact WVARF to request pricing information for new or future contract needs.