"Karen approached me and [wildlife chief] Curtis Taylor about it, and we thought it was a great idea," Preston said. "Karen worked with the graphic artists at the state Division of Communication [within the state Commerce Department], and they put together this great poster."
The posters are available in two sizes. The 18-by-24 inch version is printed on heavier stock. Because it is too large to easily be mailed, DNR officials decided to make it available at DNR offices and state parks, where it could be stored flat and unfolded.
"We also had an 11-by-17 inch version made, on lighter stock, so that it could be folded in half and mailed in a standard 9-by-12 inch envelope," Preston said. "People who can't get to a DNR office or a state park can have the folded version mailed to them."
The poster is also available online for people who would like to download the image and print it out on their color ink-jet or laser printers.
"Just go to the DNR's website, www.wvdnr.gov, go to the Fishing section, and click on 'Sport Fish Identification Posters. We have an 8 1/2- by 11-inch version and an 11- by 17-inch version, in both high- and low-resolution formats," Preston said.
By making the posters available in multiple sizes and forms, DNR officials hope to distribute them widely throughout the state.
"We think there will be plenty of demand," Preston said. "We'd wanted to do this for quite a while. Now that it's done, we think it's going to be a great outreach tool."
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.