Land Conservation (Virginia)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Virginia

Applies to States or Provinces Virginia
Name Land Conservation (Virginia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has developed the Commonwealth's first comprehensive, continually maintained GIS data layer for Virginia's protected conservation lands. This database includes mapped boundaries and attributes for public and certain private lands having various conservation, recreation and open-space roles. Most federal, state, regional and interstate lands are included. This includes water and park authorities, parks and undeveloped or partially-developed lands owned by localities, as well as lands owned as preserves by nonprofit conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy. Also included are conservation easements held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, land trusts and others.

The Virginia Natural Area Preserves System was established in the late 1980's to protect some of the most significant natural areas in the Commonwealth. A site becomes a component of the preserve system once it is dedicated as a natural area preserve by the Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Natural area dedication works in much the same way as a conservation easement by placing legally binding restrictions on future activities on a property; future development and construction is severely restricted in these areas. This system now includes sixty one dedicated natural areas totaling 51,948 acres.

Policy Contact

Contact Name David J. Boyd
Department Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division GIS Conservation Planner
Address 217 Governor Street

Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23219-2094
Phone (804) 371-4801

Fax (804) 371-2674

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code 10.1-212 through 10.1-217 (Natural Area Preserves)

Authority 2: Va. Code 10.1-1009 through 10.1-1016 (Virginia Conservation Easement Act)