Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

What will happen to W.Va.’s state fish?

In the last two Sunday Gazette-Mail outdoors pages, I’ve delivered a two-part series on brook trout in West Virginia — the species’ history, its decline, and attempts to restore fisheries damaged by environmental insults.

Part I outlined the actions that pushed brookies from an estimated 95 percent of their former habitat. Part II detailed efforts by resource agencies, corporations and volunteers to fix what had been ruined.