Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Updated:04/2019

DCR manages 40 Virginia State Parks, and there’s one within an hour’s drive of every Virginian. The parks are perfect settings for families and groups to enjoy water sports, hiking, biking, horseback riding and other healthy outdoor activities. Millions of out-of-state guests visit parks each year, contributing to nearby localities’ economies. More new parks and facilities are on the horizon. A visit to a state park enhances guests’ appreciation of the outdoors and restores the mind, body and spirit.

In a similar vein, DCR manages more than 60 natural area preserves to protect some of the state’s most significant areas. These places are home to rare, unique and endangered species and natural communities. Although undeveloped, more than 20 preserves offer some public access. DCR also works with other public and private landowners to identify and protect natural heritage resources throughout the state.

DCR works with the state’s 47 soil and water conservation districts to help farmers install conservation measures. The measures protect water quality and, because they typically also keep soil in place, sustain productivity. The agency also helps by teaching citizens and businesses lawn care techniques that keep pollution from reaching nearby streams and faraway waterways, such as the Chesapeake Bay.

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Contact Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

600 E. Main St.
24th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219
Phone: (804) 786-6124

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