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. DCR's Natural Heritage Program staff was charged by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and the Department of Technology Planning to develop the database.
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.
State resource agencies, universities, land trusts, and regional and local government will find this database invaluable for environmental, recreation and conservation planning. This database will also serve agencies with economic development interests, including such groups as the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, planning district commissions and localities. These boundaries are not intended for legal uses; no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as to the accuracy of this data. Distribution of the data shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by DCR in the use of these data. Re-distribution of these data for profit is prohibited.
Existing GIS boundaries were collected from the landowner or managing agency and integrated into the database. DCR's Natural Heritage Program staff digitized new boundaries using best available sources. Shapefiles have been re-projected to decimal degrees NAD83, and attributes have been standardized for consistency.
DCR continually seeks GIS data to update and improve this database. To contribute, contact the Conservation Lands GIS Planner or print, fill out, and mail a Conservation Lands Mapping Form.
For more information and assistance please contact
David J. Boyd
GIS Conservation Planner
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 371-4801, fax (804) 371-2674, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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