In Episode 68 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses several positive things happening in Virginia on the conservation front. First, both chambers of the General Assembly passed their respective versions of the elk tag bill, in accordance with the 2019 Elk Management Plan. Second, VDGIF announced a Trout Slam Challenge is coming in March 2020. Two things to be excited about.
Elk Tag – House of Delegates: HB 388 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HB388
Elk Tag – State Senate: SB 262 https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+cab+SC10121SB0262+UCSB3
2019-2028 Elk Management Plan: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/Virginia-Elk-Management-Plan.pdf
Conservation Nation Elk Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmdPu_5oR0
Virginia Trout Slam Challenge: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/virginia-trout-slam-challenge/
Brook Trout Native to Virginia: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/wild-trout-program/
WaPo article on hunter decline and its effect on endangered species: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hunting-is-slowly-dying-off-and-that-has-created-a-crisis-for-the-nations-public-lands/2020/02/02/554f51ac-331b-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html?fbclid=IwAR1-MmMsy5cMg93lhVUvndI3kJO0QWz3OWp5ZtO-zKrDKpsi77LR54jlW5E