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What land should be protected?

Lands that should be protected should benefit the public and possess unique and significant natural, historic, recreational, scenic and cultural resources. This includes:

  • recreational and park lands
  • lands with rare, threatened, or endangered species, fish and wildlife habitat
  • agricultural and forestal lands
  • historic areas
  • open space land

There are many traits that make particular properties special and worthy of protection. Here are a few such characteristics.

  • river corridors
  • viewsheds
  • public access points
  • blueways and greenways
  • a need identified in the Virginia Outdoors Plan
  • support of a local or regional plan
  • adjacent to a Virginia Scenic River, Road or Byway
  • adjacent to parks
  • adjacent to wildlife management areas
  • a need identified in the Virginia Natural Heritage Plan
  • unique species
  • biodiversiity
  • listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register
  • historic district
  • prime and important soils and farmland
  • wetlands
  • contiguous forest parcels
  • timber value
  • unique geological features
  • cultural geography
  • relationship to development patterns and land use planning