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LAND CONSERVATION

Virginia's protected lands

There are numerous agencies and organizations that protect land. They accept land from a landowner in fee simple title or under a conservation or open-space easement. They can do so to retain or protect the property's natural or open-space values to:

  • assure availability for agricultural, forestal, recreational or open-space use.
  • protect natural resources.
  • maintain or enhance air or water quality.
  • preserve historical, architectural or archaeological aspects of the property.

For an internet mapping tool that shows geographic information about conserved lands in your community and statewide, visit:

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

For information about federal agencies and lands they have preserved, visit:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Learn more about the groups that protect land by contacting DCR's Office of Land Conservation (OLC). There are many sources of information and assistance, and the OLC will help you find those that best fit your land protection needs. It is our goal to be Virginia's premier statewide, central contact, repository and clearinghouse for land conservation interests in Virginia. The office will connect you with the information and agency, land trust or organization that best addresses your land conservation needs. For assistance, please contact the Office of Land Conservation, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 E. Main St., 24th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, phone (804) 225-2048; email landcon@dcr.virginia.gov. Click on the following links for descriptions of the types of groups involved in the effort.