West Virginia's Environmental Steward
Don Gasper died on January 31, 2013 at 82 years of age a tireless advocate and active volunteer in support of all things environmental.
Trained as a a fish biologist and retired from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources after 38 years of service to West Virginia. He was the first fisheries biologist assigned to the Monongahela National Forest.
A determined worker, he continued to practice fish and water related sciences throughout the rest of his life. Don was a 50-plus year member of the American Fisheries Society.
He was also a longtime active member of Trout Unlimited, The W.Va. Highlands Conservancy, the West Virginia Environmental Council and The Buckhannon River Watershed Association.
Don served as a Cub and Boy Scout leader for many years taking the time from his weekends and evenings to bring his love of nature and the outdoors to the generations that followed. Respected for his knowledge, teaching, and leadership by all that knew him.
In 2011, "Don Gasper was honored as an 'Environmental Steward' for his work in supporting conservation education at the community, state, and national levels." Don as "a member of the Buckhannon Watershed Association, worked with Buckhannon-Upshur High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College students to measure water quality in the Buckhannon River." -- The Intermountain - August 27, 2011