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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 20, 2005
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Virginia recreation planners seek public input
21 meetings scheduled statewide Oct. 3 - Nov. 3

RICHMOND ? In the month between Oct. 3 and Nov. 3, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will conduct public meetings to develop the Virginia Outdoors Plan. Regional meetings across the Commonwealth will allow citizens to provide input for the 2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan.

The Virginia Outdoors Plan is a comprehensive plan for meeting the outdoor recreation, land conservation and open space needs of the Commonwealth. It serves as a guidance document to local governments and state and federal agencies. The last plan was developed in 2002.

At 21 meetings across the state, DCR staff will inform citizens about the planning process and welcome public input on outdoor recreation and land conservation issues. DCR recreation planners will use this information to develop a plan that reflects public demand and preferences.

See the accompanying list for the date and location of the meeting nearest you. Meetings will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each date and in each location.

DCR is also accepting written comments on the 2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan via e-mail at vop@dcr.virginia.gov and by post at VOP Comments, Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, 203 Governor Street, Suite 326, Richmond, VA 23219.

October 3
New River Valley Planning District Commission Office (PD4)
6580 Valley Center Drive
Radford

October 4
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission Office (PD3)
1021 Terrace Drive
Marion

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Office (PD18)
125 Bowdeb Street
Saluda

October 5
Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission Office (PD2)
950 Clydesway Road
Lebanon

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission Office (PD15)
2104 W Laburnum Avenue, Suite 101
Richmond

October 6
Northern Neck Planning District Commission Office (PD17)
457 Main Street
Warsaw

Lenowisco Planning District Commission Office (PD1)
Natural Tunnel State Park, Cove Ridge Center
Duffield

October 11
RADCO Planning District Commission Office (PD16)
3304 Bourbon Street
Fredericksburg

October 13
Northern Shenandoah Valley Region (R7)
Warren County Government Center Community Room
200 N Commerce Avenue
Front Royal

October 18
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Planning District Commission Office (PD5)
313 Luck Avenue, SW
Roanoke

Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission Office (PD22)
23372 Front Street
Accomack

October 19
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (PD23)
Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road
Chesapeake

October 20
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (PD6)
1112 MacTanley Place
Staunton

October 25
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Council (R9)
420 Southridge Parkway, Suite 106
Culpeper

Northern Virginia Regional Council (R8)
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 510
Fairfax

October 26
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (PD10)
401 East Water Street
Charlottesville

Crater Planning District Commission Office (PD19)
1964 Wakefield Street
Petersburg

November 1
Region 2000 Local Government Council (R11)
915 Main Street, Suite 202
Lynchburg

November 2
Commonwealth Regional Council (PD14)
102? High Street
Farmville

West Piedmont Planning District Commission (PD12)
Henry County Administration Building Board Room
3300 Kings Mountain Road
Martinsville

November 3
Southside Planning District Commission (PD13)
200 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill

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