LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The Division of Natural Resources and the nation's largest timberland owner are expanding their efforts to boost West Virginia's trout population.
The partnership between the DNR and Plum Creek Timber Co. now covers nearly 52 miles of streams on Plum Creek land, and many more miles downstream.
Plum Creek typically treats streams with limestone sand in the spring, reducing acidity. The DNR does regular fish surveys.
Over time, that partnership has led to more aquatic life in the streams.
The new agreement signed Friday adds another 3.2 miles of streams and two liming stations to the project.
DNR Director Frank Jezioro says Plum Creek's efforts have made a difference, and the DNR is happy to help expand them.
Washington-based Plum Creek owns 6.6 million acres of timberlands across the U.S.