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Bob Wise, Governor
Ed Hamrick, Director

News Release
For release: August 15, 2003

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3380
Contact: Scott Knight, Wildlife Resources Section (304) 558-2771


Division of Natural Resources
Unveils Redesigned Web Site

  To better serve the public, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has redesigned its Web site and changed the address to . The redesign project's objectives were to improve the look, to enhance user navigation, and to expand the content.


  Several new features have been developed for the site. The deer hunting regulations are in a database that allows the user to select regulations by county and season. The fishing regulations are searchable by water body and species. Anglers will also find a searchable fish identification database listing all the sport fish species of West Virginia . Even the youngest outdoor enthusiast will find new activities in the “Kids Zone.” The new Web site also provides links to other DNR programs and services such as State Parks, Conservation Law Enforcement, Environmental Resources, and Wonderful West Virginia magazine, and agency news releases.


  “Our Web site is the second most visited West Virginia state government Web site behind only the Tax Department,” said Ed Hamrick , Director of the West Virginia DNR. “The Internet is an important and increasingly popular medium for conveying information to the public about our programs and services. Our new Web site, combined with the goWILD! online hunting and fishing license program gives us a powerful presence on the Internet.”


  Hunters and anglers may purchase hunting and fishing licenses online at the goWILD Web site found at or .


  The rollout of the new site marks the completion of Phase I of the redesign project. In subsequent phases even more content will be added to include additional searchable content databases, an expanded publications section and a photo album.


  “We know the Internet is an effective method of getting our message out. Not only to the hunters and anglers, but also to kids and teachers,” said Hamrick. “Good conservation stewardship starts with education.”





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