SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Trooper Eric Workman Foundation has donated several research items to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources totaling approximately $2,700 from a "wish list" created by Palestine State Fish Hatchery manager Rodney Null.
The equipment donation will enable hatchery staff to optimize their muskellunge (muskie) efforts, while allowing funds which would normally be used for these purchases to go for other DNR projects, according to Bret Preston, WVDNR assistant chief for warmwater fisheries.
The Trooper Eric Workman Foundation is also planning to donate minnows in 2016 to help feed growing muskellunge before they are stocked into state waters. A similar donation was made in 2015.
"DNR greatly appreciates the contributions of the Trooper Eric Workman Foundation, as should all anglers of West Virginia," Preston said.
The Trooper Eric Workman Foundation eworkman.org was established to honor West Virginia State Trooper Workman and Cpl. Marshall Bailey, who tragically were lost in the line of duty in 2012.
Trooper Workman was an avid and accomplished angler and the Foundation works to support fishing and fisheries management work in the state. The Foundation also promotes drug-free awareness and supports local educational scholarships.