In fall 2013, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Virginia Tech’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation began development of a statewide Stocked Trout Management Plan. According to the VDGIF’s September 25, 2013, “Outdoor Report,” this plan is intended to “incorporate all stocked trout stakeholders’ values, …be similar in scope and purpose to the Virginia White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Black Bear Management plan…, [and] …provide broad guidance on policies for addressing the complex management challenges and issues related to producing desirable fishing experiences for stocked trout.”
As a first step in the plan’s development, VDGIF is holding a series of eight public meetings in September and October 2013 to gather comments from anglers and other interested people. The dates and location are as follows:
September 30: 6:30-8:30pm, Wytheville Community College – Galax Building, Room 201, 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville;
October 2: 7:00-9:00pm, Virginia Tech Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Room 222, One Partnership Circle in Abingdon;
October 7: 6:30-8:30pm , South Board room at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
October 8: 6:30-8:30pm, Central High School Cafetorium, 1147 Susan Avenue in Woodstock;
October 14: 6:30-8:30pm, Izaac Walton League, 210 Conservation Lane in Madison Heights;
October 16: 6:30-8:30pm Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3550 Ferncliff Ave NW in Roanoke;
October 21: 7:00-9:00pm, Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road in Fairfax;
October 22: 7:00-9:00pm, Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, 101 South West Street in Culpeper.
For more information: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/management-plan/; or contact Vic DiCenzo, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321), Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.