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Date: March 01, 2006

Updates due for Chippokes Plantation master plan

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) hosts a public meeting on proposed amendments to the Chippokes Plantation State Park master plan:
Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m., Chippokes Mansion at Chippokes Plantation State Park
695 Chippokes Park Road
Surry, Virginia, 23883.

As the managing agency for Virginia State Parks, DCR drafts and executes master plans for each of Virginia's 35 state parks.

At the March 23 meeting, DCR recreation planners will explain proposed amendments to the Chippokes Plantation master plan and receive input from park neighbors and patrons.

Last year, Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry County expanded by 363 acres with the addition of Walnut Valley Farm. Proposed changes to the parks master plan will facilitate public access and preservation on the farm, which includes a circa-1785 farmhouse and slave quarters.

Other proposed changes include the relocation of the parks maintenance area and a change in the proposed site for the Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation's Farm and Forestry Center

Citizens who cannot attend the meeting should send comments to: John Davy, Director of Planning and Recreation Resources, DCR, 203 Governor Street, Suite 326, Richmond, VA 23219; Phone, (804) 786-1119; Fax, (804) 371-7899; e-mail, .

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