Wildlife http://wvtf.org en Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny http://wvtf.org/post/coalfields-expressway-plan-under-scrutiny <p></p><p>A plan for a controversial highway, known as the Coalfields Expressway, will undergo a full environmental impact study by the Virginia Department of Transportation.</p><p>V-DOT has described the plan the road as an economic lifeline for a region with a depressed economy. But citizen groups see it as benefiting only coal mining companies and not local communities.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:30:28 +0000 Robbie Harris 23511 at http://wvtf.org Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny Getting Game Online http://wvtf.org/post/getting-game-online <p>Since the advent of smart phones, thousands of applications have come on the market.&nbsp; You can buy one to help identify bird calls or constellations.&nbsp; Another makes random sounds -- a drum roll or a sad trombone for example.&nbsp;</p><p>I-steam fogs up the screen of your phone, allowing you to write things with your finger, and now <a href="http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/app/">Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries</a><a href="http://www.dgif.virginia.gov"> </a>is working on an app to make hunting and fishing simpler.&nbsp;</p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Hawes Spencer 20712 at http://wvtf.org Getting Game Online Waynesboro's Busiest Restaurant & Hotel http://wvtf.org/post/waynesboros-busiest-restaurant-hotel <p>Virginia offers a range of hotels and restaurants that cater to summer travelers, but none quite like the one in Waynesboro where about 3,000 guests came to stay last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Squirrels and possums, raccoons and deer, birds and bears spent time at the <a href="http://www.wildlifecenter.org">Wildlife Center of Virginia</a>, getting medical treatment and training for a return to the wild.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:00:38 +0000 Sandy Hausman 20678 at http://wvtf.org Waynesboro's Busiest Restaurant & Hotel Taking Care of Virginia's Stray and Injured Bears http://wvtf.org/post/taking-care-virginias-stray-and-injured-bears <p>Virginia’s human population is growing – and so is the number of black bears in the state.&nbsp; That sometimes means trouble, but the Wildlife Center of Virginia is working to ensure that things don’t end badly for either species.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wildlife Center of Virginia has long cared for injured birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and possums, but last year President Ed Clark decided to get into the bear business.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:45:28 +0000 Sandy Hausman 20623 at http://wvtf.org Taking Care of Virginia's Stray and Injured Bears Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia http://wvtf.org/post/elk-restoration-southwest-virginia <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Wildlife officials will introduce more elk to far Southwestern Virginia later this week to help re-establish a herd there. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elk were a popular attraction in far Southwestern Virginia during the early </span>1800s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> but they were hunted into extinction by the time of the Civil War. &nbsp;The restoration effort to bring elk back is entering its third and final year. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:07:49 +0000 Beverly Amsler 19564 at http://wvtf.org Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia