§20-1-18. Government cooperation; projects; finances; properties.
In addition to all other powers and authority vested in the
director, he is hereby authorized and empowered to represent and
advance the interests of the state of West Virginia under
provisions of acts of Congress now in force or hereafter enacted
providing for cooperation between the governments of the United
States and of the several states in the exploration, development,
conservation, use and enjoyment of natural resources. He may
acquire by purchase or lease, as in this chapter provided, such
lands, interests in lands, forests, parks, recreational
facilities, wildlife and water areas and such other properties
within this state as may be required in cooperative programs with
any other government or governments, and, with the approval of
the governor, may negotiate and effect self-liquidating loans
with the government of the United States or any agency or
agencies thereof for the procurement, development and use of all
such properties. All such projects shall be in the interest and
for the benefit of the state and may be geared and timed to
relieve economic hardship and unemployment.
In order to consolidate forest tracts under either state or
federal administration, the director may sell, purchase or
exchange stumpage or lands within or adjacent to any national
forest purchase area.
The director shall study the land and water boundary areas
of the state and, where practicable, cooperate with adjacent
states in programs for the development, conservation and use of waters, forests, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources.