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News and Updates

Volume 9, March 2009

In This Edition:

State Coordinators Report

By Susan Alger, CWF Program State Coordinator

The CWF team is pleased to welcome Major Mike Clark as our new Program Manager. Mike was recently promoted from CPO Captain of Region 4 to Administrative Major of the Law Enforcement Division, and has agreed to take on the CWF Program as part of his responsibilities. I have had the honor of working for Major Clark before, when he served as my Lieutenant and later as my Captain in Region 5. He later transferred to lead Region 4. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with him once again, and I look forward to his leadership and support of the CWF Program.

Read the press release on Major Clark »

As I write this report, it's a beautiful, sunny, first day of spring here in Herndon. The wintry days mentioned below are behind us, and my own mood and outlook couldn't be brighter. The trees and flowers are blossoming and so is the CWF program! Here are some highlights:

  • Our numbers are growing. We currently have 132 active volunteers enrolled in the program. The backlog of applicants waiting to join us in the pilot regions has been steadily processed over the winter, and we have cut the amount of time it takes to get new applicants approved as volunteers. New applications arrive almost daily, a testimony to the fact that DGIF has many supporters willing to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission.
  • Our opportunities are growing. DGIF staff members have been realizing more ways that they can utilize CWF volunteers. This is in no small part due to the exemplary job that you, our volunteers, do at whatever you are assigned! We regularly receive messages from staff and citizens about your good works and professionalism. You do us proud!
  • Our incentive program has taken root and is blossoming. Active volunteers will be receiving some much deserved, and long awaited tokens of our appreciation in the next two months, including an opportunity to enjoy food and fellowship at the upcoming CWF Region Planning and Recognition Dinners. We will be recognizing some outstanding volunteers in each region and I encourage each of you to attend the event in your area. It's a great opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers and staff, give us your feedback on the program, and share your volunteer experience with others. I look forward to attending all three events, and hope to see you there! (See details on the new incentive program and the dinners later in this edition.)
  • Training opportunities are branching out and ideas are budding for new advanced training sessions. Our Nuisance Wildlife training was a huge success and a great cooperative effort for agency staff. (See the article below) Another round of Orientation and Wildlife Damage Inspection training was provided in Regions 1 and 5 thanks, once again, to Julia Dixon, and to CPO instructors Steve Ferguson and Jerry Barwick. We are looking at safety training opportunities for volunteers as our next priority. Among them: first aid, driving safety tips, range safety, chainsaw safety/use, safe handling of injured wildlife and more. If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to enroll in a Boating Safety course, or take the online version. Having this certification under your belt will make you eligible for "on the water" volunteer activities this summer. Don't forget to send in a copy of your certificate!

In closing, let me take this opportunity to extend a big "thank you" to Tom Wilcox, Program Manager of CWF for the last two years. Tom is growing, too, in his new position in the Office of Planning and Budget at DGIF. We wish him the best, and know he will remain a strong advocate of the program he helped to cultivate.

Enjoy the season!
- Susan

At The Helm - Major Mike Clark, Administrative Major, Law Enforcement Division, CWF Program Manager

I am pleased to be the new Program Manager for CWF. I had the opportunity to see first hand the benefits of the program to the agency in Region 4 and to experience the dedication and commitment of the volunteers. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of every opportunity to expand the program. I want to express my appreciation to all of our hard working volunteers and to encourage others to join us.

- Mike Clark

Region 1 Report

By Jim Battle, CWF Region I Coordinator

In Appreciation

During the third quarter, Region 1 CWF volunteers rolled up their sleeves and stepped up to the plate. They signed-up for a variety of volunteer opportunities and, as is usually the case, showed their stuff. Volunteers participated in activities and events in support of law enforcement, recreational hunting and fishing, boating safety, educational outreach, wildlife research, and land management. As volunteers continue to show their value across the spectrum of VDGIF operations and activities, more and more Agency divisions are making requests for CWF assistance. This is a good thing because it shows that confidence in the ability of our volunteers is spreading. The creditability of the CWF program is growing and testimony is given to the work of our outstanding cadre of volunteers.

During the first two months of the third quarter, 32 volunteers have participated in various activities and events, accumulating 417 volunteer hours in Region 1. These figures are without the benefit of the March reports which will take the accumulative total over the 500 hour mark. This is impressive as the CWF program is still in its infancy and growing. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, the first of July, we have certified 26 new volunteers in the Region. We currently have 15 applicants eligible for the final interview and certification. We have had an orientation for new volunteers and two advanced training classes. Because of the interest and willingness of our volunteers, the program is moving forward. We appreciate your participation and work and can not thank you enough. We encourage the new volunteers to jump right in.

Events and activities that are coming up in April include our Recognition and Planning Dinner in Williamsburg, a Boy Scout Conclave in Middlesex County, a Walk Against Drugs Program in Prince George County, and a project to repair/replace platforms and blinds on the Hogg Island Wildlife Management Area. Be on the lookout for more detail and dates in our Volunteer Opportunities announcements and other reports in this Newsletter. Again, we can not thank you enough for all you do in support of the programs and operations of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Thank you...

CWF Region 4 Report

By Jason Hallacher, Senior Fisheries Technician and CWF Region 4 Volunteer Assistant

Region 4 CWF Fight the Winter Blues by Blazing Trails

What a winter! Just when you thought it was over, March came in like a lion and blanketed the valley with 4" of fresh snow. Old man winter sure did try to slow us down, but the men and women of Region 4 found a way to fight through the cold and contribute.

Trout stocking was, as always, a major part of the volunteers' general day to day. As long as the streams weren't frozen, the volunteers skillfully spread the fish throughout the region. Even when the stocking truck turned into a giant ice ball, the "fish heads" were never deterred.

In Bath County we have had tremendous success with two new members, Charlie Kaptis and Steve Demma. These two were signed on to assist with loading the trout onto the hatchery trucks early in the mornings. I know the hatchery staff is incredibly thankful for their assistance during the Coursey Springs reconstruction.

A Nuisance Wildlife Training Program was also offered to the volunteers this month. Many of the Region 4 members made the trip to Richmond or Gainesville to learn how to educate the public about nuisance wildlife encounters. This training will be extremely helpful for the biologists, Conservation Police Officers, and secretaries as spring marks the season for nuisance wildlife calls. My hope is to have the trained volunteers assist our staff with these calls, and possibly make some house calls, if necessary. I know this will make springtime a much more enjoyable experience for a lot of our staff in this region.

Rounding out their accomplishments this quarter, volunteers gave Lake Shenandoah another face lift. Last year the volunteers staged a huge cleanup during which they removed 1.5 tons of refuse. This year we decided to create a fishing access trail along a wooded corridor around the perimeter of the lake. With chainsaws and limb loppers in hand, the volunteers blazed a beautiful trail and created numerous fishing areas along the way. Members also assisted biologists with posting numerous signs to mark the boundaries and display the regulations of the lake. I know the anglers who frequent the lake will be extremely grateful for their efforts. The volunteers also enjoyed seeing their picture on the front page of the Daily News Record, who covered the story. Be sure to read the full length article!

It has been a great winter, and we have accomplished a lot with our small program. Although the cold didn't slow us down, it doesn't mean we aren't looking forward to stocking in warmer weather.

Volunteers: Thanks for all you do! Keep flippin' them trout!

Jason Hallacher
Senior Fisheries Technician
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (Region 4)

CWF Region 5 Report

By Thomas Goldston, CWF Region 5 Coordinator

"Hey!" You ask, "How is the volunteer program coming along in Region 5?" Well, it has been another very active quarter of activities and accomplishments for our Complementary Work Force troops.

Crop damage inspections, exhibits staffing, assistance scoring and registering youth at the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament, trout stocking, training seminars, labeling and cataloguing waterway marker buoys, liming Lake Anna, shooting range maintenance, plus administrative and logistics support at the Region 5 office, represent the body of work and support provided by our Region 5 volunteers, in the first 2 ½ months of 2009.

The scope and reach of our CWF volunteers continues to advance. The numbers are impressive: 260 hours in January by 15 volunteers, and 404 hours in February by 19 volunteers. March looks to be another banner month as our cadre of helpers continues to support and enhance the Department's mission by taking on the Chantilly Boat Show, Cossey Pond Kid's Fishing Day, Spring trout stocking in the region, administrative office support, and general maintenance of agency watercraft in preparation for the soon-to-be-here boating season.

There is no absence of opportunities for volunteers. Read on to see some of the requests that we are currently looking to support in the "Events" and "Available Opportunities" section of this newsletter. There are additional opportunities that have yet to surface. In the words of the recently passed great American Broadcaster, Paul Harvey, "Stay tuned for more."

All In A Day's Work For Our Volunteers... From Our Email

From: Roger Brown
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 3:24 PM
To: Goldston, Thomas
Subject: Adventures in Trout Stocking.

Thomas,

The trout stocking assignment to Sugar Hollow Reservoir and the forks of the Moormans River proved interesting. Knowing the drive to Albemarle County was 2 ½ hours long, I borrowed the State Coordinator's SUV the night before so we could get an early start. Our gang (Lee Turner, Jerry Chambers and Roger Brown) met at Fair Lakes, in Fairfax County, at 7:00 a.m. Our only stop was In Madison County to pick up Bill Hutchinson. The size of the party was then 4.

The CPO and three hatchery guys were waiting for us at the Sugar Hollow Reservoir Dam. There were also three or four fisherman waiting to test the waters. The Hatchery guys had two smaller trucks this time. We unloaded the smaller truck into a couple spots on the North Moormans River. When that truck was empty, we asked "Where to?" Our answer was simple. "Follow that truck". The second tanker truck was heading south on a state road of very questionable ancestry, but we followed. Our first obstacle was only 200 yards away. We came to a ford crossing the north branch of the river. Now, I hadn't driven through a river this large since I took a short cut through South Carolina's Wateree Swamp in a USAF 6 X 6 truck in 1970. Susan's loaner DGIF Dodge Durango handled well, with no apparent leaks, and our 4 vehicle caravan continued its way up along the very narrow mountain road.

The Reservoir Authority had supplied us with a work crew and every couple of hundred yards along the road we stopped to help remove downed trees. With their chainsaw and our muscles it only took a couple of seconds for us to toss trees, limbs and all, down the mountainside.

Our fourth stop proved to be the straw, rather the hemlock that broke the camel's back. We found a 3 foot wide, 40 foot long tree wedged into other trees at a 30 degree angle, just waiting for amateurs fool enough to try moving it. If only Bill had brought some C-4 with him!

We quickly sized up the situation and knew this exceeded our limitations. The next step was to turn around and go back to the main road. It takes a deal of skill and imagination to turn a vehicle around on this kind of mountain road. Where some saw trees, shrubs and rocks, Bill saw a freeway exit ramp. He skillfully backed the Dodge up, off the road to the right, and then drove it forward to the left and we found ourselves headed back on the dirt road to our starting point.

When we all got back to the main road the stocking party, undeterred, requested a new stocking destination, but by then the hatchery people finally got the word to bring the remaining trout back to the hatchery, and we all headed home no worse for wear.

It was a disappointment not to see where the road was taking us, but it was more of a disappointment for the anglers who had hiked along behind us, just to return to the North fork without casting a line. Sometimes, it just doesn't pay to follow the trout truck!

Take Care
Roger

(State Coordinator's note to self: Add off-road driving course to list of future volunteer training!)

Nuisance Wildlife Training

Do you know the relationship between ants, hot tubs, and bears? What can a landowner do when that cute pair of geese by the pond becomes an out of control mass of pesky geese, degrading the land and water quality with their droppings? These and other questions regarding nuisance wildlife were answered in lectures and discussion at the recent DGIF 6-hour training events titled, "Nuisance Wildlife - Understanding the Issues and Finding Solutions".

Pooling our DGIF resources and volunteers, the Complementary Work Force Program, the Information & Education Office, and the Wildlife and Wildlife Diversity Divisions worked together to provide these training opportunities. CWF Volunteers, Certified Habitat Facilitators, and Master Naturalists took part in one of the two training sessions in Richmond or Gainesville during January and February, 2009. A combined total of 100 participants took part in the two sessions. These trained volunteers are now available for DGIF to call upon when we receive requests for programs on Nuisance Wildlife. As an added pool of available presenters, they will enhance our ability to provide this public service to schools, landowners, homeowner associations, municipalities, and other groups that are seeking programs and information on dealing with nuisance wildlife.

The Region 1 training took place at DGIF Headquarters training/conference facility in Richmond. The Region 5 event was held at the offices of Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc., (WSSI) in their conference and training room in Gainesville, VA. WSSI has become a valuable site for DGIF meetings and training events, thanks to the gracious efforts of Roy Van Houten and WSSI President Mike Rolband. We are grateful to them for opening their facility to us.

Carol Heiser, DGIF Habitat Education Coordinator, took on responsibility for the lion's share of planning for the Nuisance Wildlife Training. Carol handled all the coordination and scheduling of speakers and topics. She developed the announcements, compiled and provided resource materials for participants, and arranged to have the program videoed for future use, plus secured funding for the volunteers' lunch. We are indebted to her for making this training event a reality.

CWF Coordinators, Susan Alger, James (Jim) Battle, and Thomas Goldston, handled class registration, announcements, logistics, procurement and preparation of food for the luncheon, and volunteer coordination for help with preparation, set-up, and cleaning.

Featured presenters in their specialties were DGIF Biologists, Nelson Lafon (Deer), Mike Fies (Small Mammals & Furbearers), Jaime Sajecki (Bears), Tom Bidrowski (Waterfowl), and Rick Reynolds (Non Game). Their presentations highlighted what landowners can do to reduce or eliminate damage to crops, landscape ornamentals, and personal property that can occur when human habitat encroaches on and into wildlife habitat, or unchecked wildlife numbers increase to troublesome levels. We extend our thanks to each of them, for taking the time to develop their presentations and share their knowledge with our volunteers.

DGIF Video Producer/Director, Ron Messina, captured the class on video, and has produced a 2 disc DVD, chocked full of interesting nuisance wildlife facts! It is available in the Region Office libraries for viewing. This information will be invaluable to our staff and volunteers now and in the future. We appreciate it Ron!

We offer special thanks to CWF volunteers, Patricia Wood, Tim Hall, Hank Grizzard, Robert Clark, Kevin Branch, and Region 5 Office Coordinator, Denise Harrison for their able assistance and support with set up, food preparation, and cleanup, and to I & E Administrative Specialist, Lynn Willis, for her help compiling student packets and producing training certificates.

This pooling of resources across divisions including, Information & Education, Law Enforcement, Planning & Budget, Wildlife Diversity, and Wildlife truly made for a successful outcome and expansion of the Department's ability to respond to the growing number of public requests for information on dealing with nuisance wildlife species. It also helped to cultivate new partnerships between our volunteers and staff, which will benefit us all.

Thomas Goldston
CWF Region 5 Coordinator

Editors notes:
According to Biologist Jaime Sajecki, DGIF Black Bear Project Leader, bears are attracted to the smell of formic acid in hot tub cover insulation. Formic acid is also produced by ants-a favorite food for hungry bears!

For those pesky geese, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers these suggestions: discontinue feeding, modify landscaping, install barriers, use scaring devices, utilize dogs, and prevent nesting. A leaflet titled "Methods to Reduce Conflicts with Canada Geese" is available from the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Service and explains effective methods to alleviate damage caused by Canada geese. For additional information, please contact:
USDA - APHIS-WS
Jeff Rumbaugh, Staff Wildlife Biologist
P.O. Box 130
Moseley, VA 23120

What A Showing!
Volunteers Become a Mainstay at Agency Exhibits

Public outreach is a vital part of DGIF's mission, but often it is difficult to staff all the exhibits, shows, and events that we get requests to attend. It sometimes seems that every weekend there is a show or event somewhere in the state or region that would be great for us to attend. Unfortunately, our hard-working staff can't always fill these requests and still keep up with all their day-to-day workload. DGIF employees are dedicated and certainly hate to say "no", especially to events in their home communities, to sportsmen and women who support our programs throughout the year, or to events that benefit children. We genuinely love to help! So, what's the answer to this dilemma? More and more, the answer is YOU! Our CWF volunteers have stepped up to staff exhibits, assist at scouting, school, and sportsmen's events, and allowed us to say "Yes" to many smaller events that we would otherwise have to forego. You have also allowed us to staff larger events with fewer employees per shift. This means that our officers, biologists, technicians and other staff aren't pulled from the field as often, and can focus on their core duties. It means that local shows can be supplemented with manpower from a greater geographic area, without leaving the region short-handed. AND most importantly, it means that DGIF is able to reach more citizens of the Commonwealth with information about wildlife, hunting, fishing, boating, outdoor education, and the conservation and protection of our natural resources. What better way to give something back to the resources we all enjoy than to share our knowledge of them with others? Thank you!

Volunteers Score at National Archery in the Schools Program Tournament

On February 28, DGIF hosted the first annual National Archery in the Schools State Championship at the Augusta Expoland in Fishersville, VA. The competition was held under the direction of Karen Holson, DGIF Outdoor Education Supervisor. The competitors were students from Virginia schools that participate in NASP. A "virtual tournament" was held last year, but this was the first year that students competed at the same location. It was the culminating event for students that participate in this program. CWF volunteers played a pivotal role in the staging of this event. Karen Holson commented that the event could not have happened without the work of these volunteers.

There were over 300 students participating from elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state. It should be noted that some of the students were special needs students. Combined with parents and other relatives, visiting supporters, coaches, DGIF staff and volunteers, there were at least 500 persons in attendance. It was truly a remarkable event! The participants conducted themselves in a safe and responsible manner, under the supervision of their coaches and DGIF staff and volunteers. There were 300 students with bows and pointed arrows moving about in a single building, with no incidents, accidents, or emergencies occurring. This speaks well of the program, the students and their training.

The event was well organized, planned, and staged without a hitch. The competition was continuous for approximately 12 hours. The atmosphere in the building was electric with teams cheering for their school and teammates. The students were well versed in the protocol for participating in the competition and followed directions like a well drilled army. The competitiveness was spirited, but friendly, as teams cheered for the special needs students no matter what school they were from. It was a memorable experience for the students and everyone had a great time. All participants were winners, no matter how they fared in the competition. To their credit the students did a great job. I'm sure this event will continue to grow.

Once again, we offer hats off and a bow to the volunteers that participated in this event. The day began early and ended late. In between, volunteers were on their feet for nearly the entire time. To a person the volunteers were wrapped up in the spirit of the competition. They served as Range Officer, Lane Judges, Scorers, and whatever else was needed. There was no time to stop for lunch and/or refreshments and volunteers operated as a team, rotating in and out, relieving each other as needed. Some were so intense and focused it was hard to get them to leave the line! There were no complaints and all the volunteers enjoyed every minute of the competition. It was a rewarding experience working with the young people as they competed. Seeing the smiles on their faces as they did well and enjoyed themselves representing their schools made it all worthwhile. This is another volunteer success story, a gift that keeps on giving. These volunteers can't wait to sign up for next year.

Jim Battle
CWF Region 1 Coordinator

You're Invited!
Recognition and Planning Events in Regions 1, 4, and 5

Our First Annual Recognition and Planning Dinners to fete our CWF volunteers are just around the corner. This is our chance to say "Thank you" in person to each of you who has provided service or taken the time to participate in training in the past year. We've come a long way with the program, and we couldn't have done it without your good efforts. We have some small tokens of our appreciation to give out to everyone at the events, and we will be recognizing each Region's Volunteer of the Quarter and Volunteer of the Year for 2008. Selected Staff members who have contributed "above and beyond" to the success of our program will also be recognized. Who will they be? Join us and see! The CWF's State Volunteer of the Year will be chosen from among the Region winners, and recognized at an upcoming public meeting of the DGIF Board of Directors.

Here are the dates for each region:

  • Region 1-Saturday, April 18, 2009- 3:00-6:00 p.m., Williamsburg. Please RSVP by April 13, 2009 (Battle)
  • Region 4-Friday, May 29, 2009. LUNCHEON, Verona. Please RSVP by May 21, 2009 (Hallacher)
  • Region 5-Saturday, May 2, 2009. Manassas. Please RSVP by April 24, 2009 (Goldston)

Remember to count your hours and mileage to attend! The cost of volunteer meals will be covered by the CWF Program. Paying guests and staff members are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact your CWF Region Coordinator for more information or to RSVP.

CWF Incentives Plan

We can never truly reward our volunteers amply for the value of your service to us, but we are pleased to offer the following small tokens of our gratitude for the service you render, along with our heartfelt thanks for all you do.

  • Upon Acceptance to the Program: Ball Cap
  • 60 hours-Program golf shirt
  • 120 hours-pocket knife
  • 300 hours-belt buckle
  • 600 hours-and above (still under development)
  • Charter Member-commemorative challenge coin
  • 2008 Annual gift-lapel pin
  • Region Volunteer of the Quarter-Certificate
  • Region Volunteer of the Year-Plaque
  • State Volunteer of the Year--Plaque

On the Horizon
New Report System Will Be Even Easier

Doreen Richmond, Programmer Analyst with DGIF's IMS staff, reports that the new web-based volunteer activity reporting system will soon be ready for testing. Once this is rolled out, volunteers will have a more simplified system for reporting hours. (Plans are also in the works for a future iteration that will enable you to also record mileage reimbursement requests at the same time). You will soon be able to fill out your report on-line and submit it to the Region Coordinator automatically at the beginning of each month. This will save time for both volunteers and CWF staff alike, and allow the program to capture volunteer hours more effectively for reporting purposes. You will be able to view prior months' activities and track your time spent in the program. Coordinators will be able to keep track of hours by volunteer, county, region, activity and more. Tracking the scope and participation of our volunteers is vital to the success of the program. Remember, we need to make every hour count!

Volunteer Spotlight

Slaughterhouse Owner Slays Trout

O.K., maybe he doesn't slay the trout. Actually Frank Showalter stocks the trout. At least that's what he signed up to do when he volunteered for VDGIF. Frank is one of our original and most colorful members. He is perfect for fish stocking because he takes pride in spreading the fish and is not afraid to talk to the anglers, or anyone for that matter. I think there is definitely a job in public relations with his name on it.

Another huge bonus, for me and the other members, is the plethora of meat and apples that always seem to find their way from Frank's farm to our lunch table. "By far one of my favorite parts of volunteering is the friendships we have formed, as well as the opportunity to give back to the community and the Game Department", said Frank.

Frank has put in hundreds of hours since the program's inception and recently has branched-out to issuing kill permits. With trout stocking ending in the springtime, Frank needed something to fill the void during the summer. Issuing kill permits not only solved this problem, but satisfied his interests in seeing new parts of Rockingham County as well as his desire to help local farmers with deer damage.

Frank is the definition of a family man. He and his wife Cathy have three children: Clinton, Brian, and Jackie. Clinton works in Richmond as a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker. Brian graduated medical school and is a resident plastic surgeon at Wake Forest. Jackie is a catering manager at the Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. (Jackie has also flipped a few fish in her day. She accompanies Frank and helps stock whenever she is in town.) While raising three children, Frank's wife, Cathy, worked and continues to work part-time as a registered nurse in the ER at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Frank meanwhile, has been working on the farm his whole life. His main expertise resides in running a slaughterhouse which specializes in butchering cattle as well as deer in the fall. In the past he has raised turkeys for Long Acres, Pilgrims Pride, and Cargill, but now focuses on his catering business.

An avid outdoorsman, Frank loves to hunt, camp, hike, and fish his favorite honey hole on a private section of Spring Creek. Frank is a busy guy to say the least. At first glance you might think Frank is just your run of the mill farmer who enjoys nature and loves stocking trout. However, when you truly get to know him you discover his passion for conservation and educating the next generation. Frank understands how lucky we are to have the abundance of outdoor recreation areas within our grasp. If we don't fight to protect these areas for future generations, they may be lost forever. With Frank and the rest of the Complementary Work Force, I believe we can protect our outdoor heritage.

Frank, thanks for all that you do.

Jason Hallacher
Senior Fisheries Technician
CWF Assistant Coordinator Region 4

Available Assignments

Regular or Seasonal Needs

  • Range Attendants for Wildlife Management Area firearms ranges in Regions 1, 2 and 5. Chester Phelps WMA in Fauquier County (Goldston), Pettigrew WMA in Caroline County (Goldston), Amelia WMA in Amelia County (Battle)
  • Hunter Education Office Assistant in Richmond Headquarters (Battle)
  • Wildlife Damage Inspectors are still a priority need in Albemarle County in Region 5 (Goldston), and on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck for Lancaster, King George, and Northumberland Counties (Battle).
  • Region Office Assistants for Region 1, Charles City Co. (Battle)
  • Boat and Vehicle Maintenance Volunteers in Fredericksburg (Goldston)
  • Team Leader and Work Project volunteers on Merrimac Farms WMA, in Prince William County. (Goldston)
  • Chickahominy WMA, Attendants in Charles City County for upkeep and maintenance needs (Battle)
  • Clean up and maintenance project, and upkeep at Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area, Caroline County. Hours vary as needed. Ideally, we are looking for a "go-getter" with time to ramrod a crew of volunteers. Initially, they would need to clean up three parking areas, and then manage ongoing upkeep of these areas. (Goldston)
  • Weekend Greeter for Merrimac WMA Stone House, Prince William County. Work Saturdays from 9 am - 4 pm. greeting visitors and responding to inquiries about the property, its history, and features. Training provided. (Goldston)
  • Trout Stocking, April and May, Region 5 (Goldston)
  • Region 5 Office Telephone Support. Fielding calls from the public providing information on fishing and hunting regulations, etc. (Goldston)
  • Research Assistants--help the fisheries and wildlife biologists as they change gears and begin annual research projects. (Goldston)

Short-term Needs and Upcoming Events

  • Kids' Fishing Event Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, May 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (note: With training on April 18, 2009 for instructors) (Goldston)
  • Exhibit at Eagle Festival, Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax County, April 25, 2009 (Goldston)
  • Multiple April Trout Stocking dates in Region 5 (Goldston)
  • Mossy Creek Trail Clearing, in Region 4, TBA (Hallacher)
  • Hampton Roads Boat Show Exhibit, Hampton Roads Convention Center, April 3 - 5, 2009 (Battle)
  • Repair/Replace Platforms & Blinds, Hogg Island WMA, April 8 & 9, 2009 (Battle)
  • Bluebell Festival at Merrimac WMA, Prince William Co- April 11, 2009, 9:00-4:00-Volunteers needed for parking assistance, tour assistance, set up, clean up, public information. (Goldston)
  • Boy Scout Conclave, Middlesex County, April 25, 2009 (Battle)
  • Eagle Festival at Mason Neck State Park Exhibit, Fairfax Co., April 25, 2009 (Goldston)
  • Walk Against Drugs Exhibit, Prince George County, April 25, 2009 (Battle)
  • Region 5 Weekend Workday, Saturday, April 25, 2009 Join Region 5 officers, biologists, and staff for an intensive workday to provide a major face-lift for the region office work complex and grounds. (Goldston)

Forms, Forms, Forms

For your convenience, here are links to several of the current forms used by volunteers.

Contact Us

Susan Alger
State Coordinator
P.O. Box 481 ~ Herndon, VA 20172
Susan.Alger@dgif.virginia.gov
(703) 481-2102

Jim Battle
Region I Coordinator
3801 John Tyler Memorial Hwy. ~ Charles City, VA 23030
Jim.Battle@dgif.virginia.gov
(804) 829-6580

Thomas Goldston
Region 5 Coordinator
1320 Belman Rd. ~ Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Thomas.Goldston@dgif.virginia.gov
(540) 899-4169

Jason Hallacher
Region 4 Senior Fisheries Technician & CWF Volunteer Assistant
P.O. Box 996 ~ Verona, VA 24482
Jason.Hallacher@dgif.virginia.gov
(540) 248-9385