This young and active West Virginia BHA Chapter is really getting its heels dug in and collaborating on methods to impact the great state. These fine folks are looking to spring out of recent shutdowns and begin engaging members and outdoor users around West Virginia.
Some recent great actions in the state; The W.VA. Governor signed in House Bill 4065 putting Hunter Education in Middle Schools as an elective course. This gives students an opportunity to take Hunters Ed during the school day or at a time when students have an opportunity for provided transportation. What a great approach by state government to serve the citizens of the state and take a proactive approach not only to safety, but to culture conservationists!
The chapter was a key leader in fighting an effort in the state of West Virginia to turn nearly 43% of their WMA properties into ATV trails. The proposed area would have destroyed some of the most premier public hunting and access in the state and wreaking havoc on prime wildlife habitat. There is a place for ATV trails but displacement of outdoor users and especially wildlife must be considered when planning. The chapter did an excellent job defending public lands! Of course, this will most likely come to the forefront through future efforts, so the chapter is prepared to continue holding strong on their values and mission.
The W. VA. Chapter held their annual Trash and Trout event on April 2nd. Participants assisted with trash pack-out and also had the availability to stay and fish for the weekend! This event always yields great results and even though they battled the weather this year, it was a great day afield!
The W. VA. Chapter will be hosting their first in-person Pint Night on June 18th at Weathered Ground Brewery from 6-8pm. They are looking forward to seeing folks and engaging their awesome members that fight for public lands!