• Books on West Virginia flora and fauna for sale.
• Free full-color booklets on various types of flora and fauna (also other similar guides put out by the Department of Agriculture, also now in color and gorgeous).
• Various nicely done brochures and checklists.
• One-page mini-guides on West Virginia wildflowers, mushrooms, etc., available for downloading and laminating from the website. Done w/color photos with a text page on the back explaining about each species.
• The Wild Yards program, with the excellent booklet that shows how even owners of very small lots can create wildlife habitat.
• The Master Naturalist program.
• And, of course, the stunning West Virginia wildlife calendar with all the paintings and daily events -- we always look forward to the new edition.
• The WV Wildlife Magazine, another well-done publication to make the state proud.
I need to recognize at least two individuals for their efforts on the above: Jim Fregonara and Art Shomo, both in the DNR Outreach program.
(Not to slight the game program and all their publications and educational efforts, especially the excellent annual Hunting and Fishing Day over at Stonewall Resort.)
I would encourage as wide a distribution as possible. The cost of the free materials is worth it many times over for the good PR it gives the state. They will undoubtedly help lead to numerous return visits to our state's public lands and parks. West Virginia has produced some of the most prominent and renowned naturalists in the Appalachians, such giants as Earl Core, A.B. Brooks, and Maurice Brooks, and I think they would be proud.
83 percent not voting is shameful
Kathleen Jacobs did an excellent job of pointing out why it's a shame the levy supporting the libraries was turned down.
There is another "shame" in that vote that deserves the light of day.
She points out that "voters chose to overwhelmingly defeat the levy." Technically, that is correct, until the numbers are put in context. With a voter turnout of just 17 percent, the 75 percent who voted against represent only about 13 percent of the eligible voters in Kanawha County. That means 13 percent of the citizens made the decision for the other 83 percent.
That 83 percent did not exercise their right to vote is a shame equal to that of the levy being defeated.