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Clay County in the News

WVU and CDC partnership helps build healthy futures in southern West Virginia

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A year ago, a group of passionate West Virginia University employees set out to promote healthier futures for two southern West Virginia counties by empowering the community and offering the support they needed to take control of their own health.

WVU Extension Service and CDC project announces community partnerships to support healthy lifestyles in southern West Virginia

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Improving the healthy lifestyle landscape in some West Virginia areas might sound like a tough task, but a group of passionate West Virginia University faculty and staff believe the secret lies in empowering communities and providing the support they need to take control of their own health.

WVU Extension Service agent’s work spurs on Buffalo Creek recreation and tourism

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a sense, for many West Virginia University Extension Service agents, a normal work day is anything but. As an agent in one of West Virginia’s 55 counties, typical office hours could bring questions about invasive plant species or pests, canning questions, 4-H meetings and more — especially in counties where there are two, or sometimes only one, agent. The work doesn’t pause after work hours and on weekends.

WVU faculty awarded CDC grant to help southern West Virginia communities build healthy futures

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It’s no secret that West Virginia has some of the highest rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease in the country. But to create a healthier landscape in some of our state’s unhealthiest counties, a few  West Virginia University faculty believe you have to empower the entire community.   

Clay County News

Contact the Clay County Office for current news and to learn about upcoming opportunities in our local area. Ask us for more information about topics including:

Lawn, Gardening & Pests
Active Alerts in Clay County

Ag Alert! Oak Shothole Leafminer Outbreak

Adult stage of oak shothold leafminer.

Oak shothole leafminer has caused significant damage to oak trees in several counties in West  Virginia this summer. It also has been reported to be in a few other states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Oak shothole leafminer is an insect that  belongs to the order Diptera and is native to the United States. However, its biology and damage to oak trees have not been widely studied.

Larval and adult stages of oak shothole leafminer feed on oak leaves. Larvae tunnel through the leaf tissue, leaving telltale trails. This damage is known as blotch mines. 

Read Ag Alert! Oak Shothole Leafminer Outbreak

Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

The West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Clay County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.

Clay County Highlights

  • More than 250 youths were involved in a variety of WVU Extension Service programming made available through the Clay County office.

  • The Be Wild, Be Wonderful, Be Healthy initiative is changing attitudes on obesity within the community.

  • Clay County WVU Extension Service is a leader in the development of the community’s public spaces, including the Elk River Trails State Park.

Download the Clay County Annual Report