To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering - Aldo Leopold
Welcome to the home page of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR), Natural Heritage Program, an agency of the Natural Resources Secretariat.
The Natural Heritage Program represents a comprehensive effort to save Virginia's native plant and animal life and the ecosystems upon which they depend through inventory, conservation information provision, protection and stewardship. As a member of NatureServe, the Virginia Natural Heritage Program contributes to an understanding of global biodiversity and helps to provide for the conservation and recovery of the earth's common, and rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.
We thank you for visiting and hope you will find much to learn about Virginia's rich natural diversity and natural areas. Please come back and visit often.