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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 19, 2006
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, email@example.com
Draft outdoor recreation, conservation and open space plan to be presented at local meetings
Presentation to include local recommendations
(RICHMOND, Va.) ? A new draft of the state?s outdoor recreation, conservation and open space plan, including local recommendations, will be the focus of two public meetings held in Accomac, Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will present the draft Virginia Outdoors Plan at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. meetings at the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission Office, 23372 Front Street, Accomac. These are among more than 40 meetings to be held statewide Oct. through Dec.
The Virginia Outdoors Plan is the state?s official conservation, outdoor recreation and open space guide. All levels of government and the private sector use it in determining and meeting land conservation, outdoor recreation and open space needs. Recommendations in the plan are also used as one of the tools in ranking projects for Virginia Land Conservation Foundation funds.
?The VOP has long been an important tool in meeting Virginians? outdoor recreational needs,? said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon. ?With Gov. Kaine?s commitment to land conservation, this plan takes on added significance.?
The plan is revised every five years. As part of its revision, DCR staff have updated the outdoor recreation resource inventory, conducted a statewide Virginia Outdoor Survey with assistance from Virginia Commonwealth University and last fall held a series of 40 public input meetings statewide. Among the topics brought up in those meetings were trails and greenway linkages, water trails and scenic waterways, urban greenspace, eco-tourism and nature deficit disorder. Local outdoor recreation and conservation recommendations also surfaced. Recommendations found in the draft plan include:
For Accomack and Northampton counties:
- Implement the Eastern Shore of Virginia Bicycle Plan adopted
by Accomack and Northampton Counties in 2004.
- Develop a trail connection between Kiptopeke State Park and Cape Charles Wildlife Management Area.
- Continue conservation efforts with the Nature Conservancy and DCR on the seaside of Virginia?s Eastern Shore for migratory bird habitat.
- Encourage water trail improvements and linkages with recreational, cultural and natural resource destination resources.
The draft VOP is also available for review on the DCR website. Go to www.dcr.virginia.gov; click on ?Recreation Planning? then on ?Draft 2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan.? Comments will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2006, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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