Join the WV USARC group HERE.
Read a recent article concerning the DWA Act HERE.
This about-face by the DWA Board is evidence that the grassroots effort between USARK and WV residents did make a difference. The letter focused on the overly-broad list of animals proposed in WV and the outright overreach by WV officials. The fight continues...
It would take 64 pages to list individually all the reptile and amphibian species proposed to be banned by WV Prop. Rule 61-30. (That's on 8.5" x 11" paper, single spaced, small font, with one line for the scientific and common name for each species). There are 1008 reptiles and 2185 amphibians included in the proposed ban. Reptiles and amphibians occupy less than 20% of the space on the proposed list. The list also includes broad scientific categories of birds, crayfish, snails, fish and mammals.
This fight continues and the 30 day comment period began last week (as we announced on Facebook HERE). Please join WV USARC group at www.facebook.com/pages/WV-Chapter-of-USARC/747291521995383 for updates, information and steps to help.
Thanks to the dedicated work of Rick Stanley, Jennifer Phillips Ozzbourne, the Meador family and numerous other WV herpers, efforts already have a solid foundation and continue to increase.