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Welcome to the New Year!

One of my favorit photos of 2015... This photo represents the new spirit and versitility of The Outdoor Report [TOR] Blog and links to our Facebook posts.    Yes it's just 3 guys in the woods talking, but it's who they are and what they are talking about that makes it 'newsworthy'.  The photo features Star City Whitetails hunting website  creator Jeff Phillips, CPO Joe Williams and Bill Cochran, famed outdoor writer for Roanoke Times and Roanoke .com who recently joined me and Complementary Workforce volunteers for a field trip to Havens Wildlife Management Area  to learn first hand about local issues affecting sportsmans access to public lands.  We plan to increase these field trips as part of our 100th Anniversary Celebration to bring you up to date stories on the people, places and activities that feature our vast and diverse outdoor resources and opportunities.  Contact me directly if you have a story to share or to help us inform other outdoor enthusiasts  on important topics and happenings through TOR and other Agency social media.  David Coffman, Editor TOR.
One of my favorit photos of 2015... This photo represents the new spirit and versitility of The Outdoor Report [TOR] Blog and links to our Facebook posts. Yes it's just 3 guys in the woods talking, but it's who they are and what they are talking about that makes it 'newsworthy'. The photo features Star City Whitetails hunting website creator Jeff Phillips, CPO Joe Williams and Bill Cochran, famed outdoor writer for Roanoke Times and Roanoke .com who recently joined me and Complementary Workforce volunteers for a field trip to Havens Wildlife Management Area to learn first hand about local issues affecting sportsmans access to public lands. We plan to increase these field trips as part of our 100th Anniversary Celebration to bring you up to date stories on the people, places and activities that feature our vast and diverse outdoor resources and opportunities. Contact me directly if you have a story to share or to help us inform other outdoor enthusiasts on important topics and happenings through TOR and other Agency social media. David Coffman, Editor TOR.

This new year 2016  begins the tenth year of The Outdoor Report (TOR). We have grown to over 30,000 email subscribers, and we appreciate your continued interest. Our success is due to the generous support and participation by colleagues, partners, contributing reporters and readers who have made this e-newsletter a respected and reliable source for outdoor news and record of events and accomplishments from all contributors and partners. We hope you have been informed, educated and even inspired on occasion to do something new and different to enhance your outdoor experiences, or better yet, share with others.  Last January  we made some significant changes to TOR to introduce a blog format to get information out in a more timely manner and also allow us to feature more stories of interest to you and recognize the many accomplishments of our many partners and outdoor enthusiasts.  This blog format and links to social media like Facebook and Twitter are more readily available on your smartphone and other mobile devices.

So for 2016, as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary we will initiate  new  oportunities for interacting with YOU, sharing experiences and news with thousands of new outdoor enthusiasts through a variety of media.  I will be taking to the field to meet with staff, volunteers, partners and outdoor enthusiasts to share with you up-to-date information on people, places and things that can help you better enjoy our vast shared outrdoor resources.   We already have posted more than a dozen feature stories from the one filed trip to the Roanoke area back in November and featured in the photo.  Topics of current stories under development include  vandalism at WMAs, catching poachers, identifying good hunting and fishing opportunities and tips for sportsmen on how to use these resources responsibly are being developed.  We also were joined by Complementary Workforce volunteers to learn about service projects and the cutting edge technology used by law enforcement officers and wildife managers to protect and enhance resources. Our goal for 2016 is to get in the field more often to get this informatin and share through our various social media and  outdoor media partners, volunteers and organizations beyond The Outdoor Report e-newsletter.

Let us know how we can better serve your needs and keep you informed.

David Coffman, Editor TOR
email: david.coffman@dgif.virginia.gov

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With the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries celebrating our 100th year anniversary as a wildlife agency in 2016, we are pleased to let wildlife enthusiasts know the Department is moving forward with the times! The Department is increasing our posting of interesting content on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube   in coordination with The Outdoor Report e-newsletter and Blog! Photos, videos and items of interest are posted regularly. Keep in touch with your hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife agency on social media. Follow us on these sites and be sure to like us on Facebook!

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