Closer to home, Hopkins has worked for the last 15 years with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources to study and protect this same species in Virginia. In April, he will lead a roundtable discussion sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, where he will present a 30-year conservation plan for the species in Virginia that he authored in 2022. The roundtable will be followed by extensive discussion with state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic entities.
Hopkins regularly is called on by government agencies and stakeholder groups to share his expertise on the effects of solid waste produced from coal combustion on wildlife populations. These materials contain high concentrations of a variety of toxic elements such as