Outdoor Recreation in Shenandoah Valley Region

 Hunting and Sport Fishing

   
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Find a National Forest in the South

The Southern Region covers thirteen states--a vast area stretching from Texas on the western side, Virginia on the north, and down to Puerto Rico on the south. You'll find a wide variety of forest environments, including the only tropical forest (El Yunque) in the agency. Find a forest nearest you!

 

Fee Fishing: An Introduction
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The basic types of operations and associated business considerations. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

 

Fee Fishing: Location, Site Development and Other Considerations
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Discusses clientele, permitting, advertising, location, design and security, water source, concessions, time of operations, signs, and safety and liability.& ...

 

The Ultimate Food Plot
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One of the first things that every fledgling wildlife manager learns is that nutrition is the key to attracting and keeping big bucks. The second thing they learn is how expensive it is to grow good food plots.

 

A Guide to Successful Wildlife Food Plots: Blending Science with Common Sense
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This publication provides technical guidance and practical information for wildlife management beyond planting and managing food plots.  ...

 

Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management Measures
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NMFS implements management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council).

 

Updated 2013 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Season Length Estimates
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In February 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) promulgate an emergency rule for the 2013 recreational red snapper season.

 

Hunters: A Force for Conservation
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Hunting seasons are starting to open, making this a great time to commemorate the important role that hunters play in habitat conservation.

 

Show Hunting and Sport Fishing Organizations & Professionals (11)
There are 11 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Hunting and Sport Fishing Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Land Leasing
American Hunting Lease Association
Steve Meng - President - Fishers, IN
American Timberlands Company
Thomas C. Rowland, III - President/Chief Executive Officer - Pawleys Island, SC
CoBank
Robert B. Engel - Chief Executive Officer - Greenwood Village, CO
Evr-green Management Group, Inc
Matt S. Campbell - President - Rome, GA
Hunt Ark Duck
Cain Planting Company - McCrory, AR
Hunting Land Advisors
Stephen Ruckman - Founder - Mount Washington, KY
Hunting Sports Plus
Daryl Traylor - Blue Springs, MO
Quality Deer Management Association
- Bogart, GA
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative
Neil Hamilton - Professor of Law/Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law/Director of Ag Law Center - Des Moines, IA
US Farm Lease
- Ames, IA

 Natural Heritage - Cultural Tourism

   
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What is Natural Heritage Tourism

Natural heritage tourism (or geotourism as defined by National Geographic) is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

 

Bird Trails and Important Bird Areas
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A Bird Trail is more than a trail in the literal sense.  It is a “necklace” of sites, usually linked by a physiographic feature such as a river, that are united by the theme of “great for bird watching!”  Birding Trails are essentially driving routes that help you get from one prime birding spot to the next.

 

Rural Bounty

Explore North America's Rural Bounty

Discover the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer!

  • Daytrip or Vacation to a Farm or Ranch
  • Pick Your Own-Fruits, Pumpkins, Trees
  • Discover Charming Countryside Wineries
  • Challenge Your Hunting & Outdoor Skills

In the U.S. and Canada, there are approximately 65,000 farms and ranches that invite the public to visit, and more and more are becoming members on the Rural Bounty website. We invite you to come back often to plan relaxing day trips, or weeks away, enjoying the Rural Bounty of North America.  Visit website »

 

 

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There are 49 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Natural Heritage - Cultural Tourism Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Agritourism
Back Home on the Farm
Gary and Lynne Hess - Harrisonburg, VA
Clouse’s Pine Hill Farm
Ron and Roberta Clouse - Winchester, VA
Critzer Family Farm
Whitney and Rosemary Critzer - Afton, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Khimaira Farm
Linda and Leith Campbell - Luray, VA
Malcolms Market Garden
Daniel and Ashley Malcolm - Staunton, VA
Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery
John and Carolyn Marker - Winchester, VA
Radical Roots Farm
Dave and Lee O’Neill - Keezletown, VA
Saunders Brothers
- Piney River, VA
Smith Meadows
- Berryville, VA
Sunrise Farms, Inc.
Maynard Miller - President - Stuarts Draft, VA
The Farm Bus
Mark Lilly - Founder - Richmond, VA
The Pillow Farm
- Hot Springs, VA
Wade's Mill
Jim and Georgie Young - Raphine, VA
Wild & Wooly Farm, LLC
George and Robin Ayars - Covington, VA
Ecotourism
Big Survey WMA
- Wytheville, VA
Blandy Experimental Farm
Steven B. Carroll - Director of Public Programs - Boyce, VA
Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Douthat State Park
- Millboro, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Gathright WMA
VDGIFVA
Go Outdoors Virginia
DGIF - Henrico, VA
Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA
VDGIFVA
Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Highland WMA
VDGIFVA
Johnsons Creek Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Shenandoah River State Park
- Bentonville, VA
Short Hills WMA
VDGIFVA
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
Shuan Butcher - Director of Communications - Waterford, VA
Thompson WMA
VDGIFVA
Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Richmond, VA
Virginia Civil War Trails Program
VA
Virginia Green
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Richmond, VA
Virginia's Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund - Natural Bridge, VA
Wildlife Foundation of Virginia
Jenny West - Executive Director - Norge, VA
Land Leasing
American Hunting Lease Association
Steve Meng - President - Fishers, IN
American Timberlands Company
Thomas C. Rowland, III - President/Chief Executive Officer - Pawleys Island, SC
CoBank
Robert B. Engel - Chief Executive Officer - Greenwood Village, CO
Evr-green Management Group, Inc
Matt S. Campbell - President - Rome, GA
Hunt Ark Duck
Cain Planting Company - McCrory, AR
Hunting Land Advisors
Stephen Ruckman - Founder - Mount Washington, KY
Hunting Sports Plus
Daryl Traylor - Blue Springs, MO
Quality Deer Management Association
- Bogart, GA
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative
Neil Hamilton - Professor of Law/Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law/Director of Ag Law Center - Des Moines, IA
US Farm Lease
- Ames, IA

 Nature-Based Tourism

   
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National Wildlife Refuge System - National Wildlife Refuge Locator

Find a Refuge Near You 

Nearly 46 million people visit national wildlife refuges each year. Visitors and local communities recognize refuges as national treasures:

  • Wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 200 species of fish.
  • Fifty-nine refuges have been established with a primary purpose of conserving threatened or endangered species.
  • 280 of the 1,200-plus federally-listed threatened or endangered species in the U.S. are found on units of the Refuge System.

 

 

Fee Fishing: An Introduction
By:

The basic types of operations and associated business considerations. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

 

Fee Fishing: Location, Site Development and Other Considerations
By:

Discusses clientele, permitting, advertising, location, design and security, water source, concessions, time of operations, signs, and safety and liability.& ...

 

Decontamination Documentation for Cavers
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) strongly recommends, first and foremost, compliance with all cave closures, advisories, and regulations in all Federal, State,Tribal, and private lands.

 

What is Natural Heritage Tourism

Natural heritage tourism (or geotourism as defined by National Geographic) is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

 

Bird Trails and Important Bird Areas
By:

A Bird Trail is more than a trail in the literal sense.  It is a “necklace” of sites, usually linked by a physiographic feature such as a river, that are united by the theme of “great for bird watching!”  Birding Trails are essentially driving routes that help you get from one prime birding spot to the next.

 

Rural Bounty

Explore North America's Rural Bounty

Discover the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer!

  • Daytrip or Vacation to a Farm or Ranch
  • Pick Your Own-Fruits, Pumpkins, Trees
  • Discover Charming Countryside Wineries
  • Challenge Your Hunting & Outdoor Skills

In the U.S. and Canada, there are approximately 65,000 farms and ranches that invite the public to visit, and more and more are becoming members on the Rural Bounty website. We invite you to come back often to plan relaxing day trips, or weeks away, enjoying the Rural Bounty of North America.  Visit website »

 

 

Show Nature-Based Tourism Organizations & Professionals (67)
There are 67 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Nature-Based Tourism Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Agritourism
Back Home on the Farm
Gary and Lynne Hess - Harrisonburg, VA
Clouse’s Pine Hill Farm
Ron and Roberta Clouse - Winchester, VA
Critzer Family Farm
Whitney and Rosemary Critzer - Afton, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Khimaira Farm
Linda and Leith Campbell - Luray, VA
Malcolms Market Garden
Daniel and Ashley Malcolm - Staunton, VA
Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery
John and Carolyn Marker - Winchester, VA
Radical Roots Farm
Dave and Lee O’Neill - Keezletown, VA
Saunders Brothers
- Piney River, VA
Smith Meadows
- Berryville, VA
Sunrise Farms, Inc.
Maynard Miller - President - Stuarts Draft, VA
The Farm Bus
Mark Lilly - Founder - Richmond, VA
The Pillow Farm
- Hot Springs, VA
Wade's Mill
Jim and Georgie Young - Raphine, VA
Wild & Wooly Farm, LLC
George and Robin Ayars - Covington, VA
Campgrounds
Big Survey WMA
- Wytheville, VA
Douthat State Park
- Millboro, VA
Gathright WMA
VDGIFVA
Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA
VDGIFVA
Highland WMA
VDGIFVA
Shenandoah River State Park
- Bentonville, VA
Short Hills WMA
VDGIFVA
Thompson WMA
VDGIFVA
Ecotourism
Big Survey WMA
- Wytheville, VA
Blandy Experimental Farm
Steven B. Carroll - Director of Public Programs - Boyce, VA
Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Douthat State Park
- Millboro, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Gathright WMA
VDGIFVA
Go Outdoors Virginia
DGIF - Henrico, VA
Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA
VDGIFVA
Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Highland WMA
VDGIFVA
Johnsons Creek Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Shenandoah River State Park
- Bentonville, VA
Short Hills WMA
VDGIFVA
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
Shuan Butcher - Director of Communications - Waterford, VA
Thompson WMA
VDGIFVA
Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Richmond, VA
Virginia Civil War Trails Program
VA
Virginia Green
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Richmond, VA
Virginia's Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund - Natural Bridge, VA
Wildlife Foundation of Virginia
Jenny West - Executive Director - Norge, VA
Landscape Architects / Land Planning
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
H & H Forest Management, Inc.
- South Hill, VA
Michele Fletcher
Michele Fletcher Landscape Designs - Owner/Certified Landscape Designer/ Certified Horticulturist - Rockbridge Baths, VA
Sustainable Solutions LLC
James Remuzzi - President and Founder - Shepherdstown, WV
William L. Braford
Blue Chip Forestry - Forester - Natural Bridge Station, VA
Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc.
- Williamsburg, VA
State and Federal Land
Big Survey WMA
- Wytheville, VA
Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Douthat State Park
- Millboro, VA
Gathright WMA
VDGIFVA
Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA
VDGIFVA
Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Highland WMA
VDGIFVA
Johnsons Creek Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Shenandoah River State Park
- Bentonville, VA
Short Hills WMA
VDGIFVA
Thompson WMA
VDGIFVA
Virginia's Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund - Natural Bridge, VA
 

 Local News Stories about Outdoor Recreation

Local Hunting and Sport Fishing News Items
Cross-Off Your Fish List: Fish Virginia
4/2/2018 2:24:23 PM
By: Emily George  The birds forage the yard, the frogs are singing their midnight tune, and the turkeys are gobbling as the rising sun stretches across the dew-covered grass. Spring has arrived in Virginia, welcoming various activities for the outdoors. The shad are running and the trout are being stocked, which means it’s time to […]

Virginia’s Official State Salamander
3/29/2018 8:10:16 AM
Virginia has more than 40 state emblems that represent its cultural heritage and natural resources. Last week, another state emblem was signed into law; the Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) is now Virginia’s official State Salamander. This species was selected because of its beautiful coloration, widespread distribution in the Commonwealth and its ability to raise awareness […]

Season Three of the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas – How You Can Help
3/16/2018 8:24:42 AM
The 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2), a project of DGIF, the Virginia Society of Ornithology and the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech, is kicking off its third season! This season is particularly relevant because 2018 is the Year of the Bird, a celebration of birds and a call-to-action for people to help birds in […]

2017 Conservation Police Officer of the Year Awarded to Senior Officer Gregory Hall
3/13/2018 3:31:34 PM
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) announced that Senior Officer Gregory Hall has been named 2017 Conservation Police Officer of the Year.  Senior Officer Hall’s steadfast leadership, his dedication to Conserving and Protecting Virginia’s wildlife resources, and his outstanding efforts in connecting the citizens of the Commonwealth to the outdoors through educational […]

Progress Continues on Loggerhead Shrike Project
3/2/2018 9:34:17 AM
2017 was a productive year for DGIF’s Virginia Loggerhead Shrike banding and monitoring project, a collaboration with partners from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.  Loggerhead Shrikes are a state-threatened bird and are listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan. These fascinating […]

2017-18 Bear, Deer, Turkey, Harvest Data Announced
2/23/2018 3:46:29 PM
Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) have compiled the preliminary figures for the 2017-18 fall/winter hunting season. The Virginia bear and deer harvests reflected an increase from last year and the black bear harvest was the highest ever recorded in Virginia.  According to Dr. Gray Anderson, Terrestrial Division Chief, […]