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Date: March 30, 2009

Public meeting on Natural Tunnel State Park master plan to be held April 15

(DUFFIELD, VA) ? A meeting to review proposed changes in the Natural Tunnel State Park Master Plan, which directs proposed development over the next 20 years, will be held at the park Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct the meeting. They will present proposed revisions to the park?s plan that highlights changes made to the state park since the master plan was originally adopted and seek input on future changes in the plan. Proposed additions include construction of a park administration building, amphitheater seating expansion and development of park trails, including the Cove Ridge Trail. The master plan also includes plans for the Wilderness Road Interpretive area at the park.

A master plan is developed for each Virginia State Park and is reviewed every five years. The plan guides development of park facilities and programs for approximately 20 years. Amending a park master plan is a public process, and public meetings are held when major changes are considered or new park properties are acquired.

The meeting will be held in the park?s Cover Ridge Center, 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, VA 24244. For more information, call DCR Planner Bill Conkle at (804) 786-5492 or at


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