RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is taking public comments on their wild trout management plan.
Virginia has more than 3,000 miles of coldwater streams that contain wild trouty, with the western region of the state harboring populations of Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout.
According to the VDGIF, wild trout are an indicator of healthy watersheds.
Across Virginia, nearly 60,000 anglers a year pursue wild trout.
In order to inform citizens about how the department manages wild trout resources, a team of DGIF biologists, along with a group of stakeholders representing government agencies, and Trout Unlimited, developed the Virginia Wild Trout Management Plan.
Now, they want public comment on the plan.
So the department is soliciting public comments on it from April 1 through May 31. You can view the plan here and submit comments online.
Alternatively, if you want to mail written comments, they can be sent to:
District Fisheries Biologist
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
P.O. Box 996
Verona, VA 24482
Make sure to submit any comments through the proper channels. A comment on the WHSV News Facebook page will not go to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.