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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
Date: April 02, 2010
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Governor Announces Start of 2010 Stewardship Virginia Spring Campaign
Encourages Citizens to Volunteer and Help Conserve Virginia?s Natural Resources

RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the start of the 2010 Stewardship Virginia spring campaign which will run through May 31, 2010. Stewardship Virginia is a campaign, run by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, to encourage volunteers to participate in a specific group of tangible projects that will contribute to conserving Virginia?s landscapes, improving water quality, providing for improved recreational opportunities, and enhancing fisheries and wildlife.

Speaking about the campaign, Governor McDonnell noted, ?I have always tried to teach my children the importance of leaving places better than they found them. This campaign is taking that same lesson and applying it to our Commonwealth. By volunteering to help conserve and improve Virginia?s natural resources we will leave Virginia a better place than we found it, to the benefit of all who call the Commonwealth home today and for generations to come.?

Last year, the Stewardship Virginia campaign registered 263 projects across Virginia and over 7,800 certificates of appreciation were issued to individuals who participated.

Citizens, businesses and service groups across the Commonwealth are encouraged to become involved by adopting streams, planting buffers, improving wildlife habitat, and participating in educational and recreational programs.

Companies and organizations can identify and undertake one or more projects of their choosing or can select a project submitted by a natural resource agency. A list of projects and registration information can be found at www.dcr.virginia.gov/stewardship.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Bonnie Phillips with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at (804) 786-5056 or toll free at 1-877-42-WATER.

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