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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 19, 2003
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, firstname.lastname@example.org
State discontinues public recreation at natural area preserve
(RICHMOND, VA) - Due to state budget reductions, public access to the North Landing River Natural Area Preserve in Virginia Beach closed Feb. 16, 2003. The preserve is off Blackwater Road, northwest of Pungo Ferry Road.
The closure is because of reductions in the operating budget of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the agency that manages the Virginia Natural Area Preserve system. The preserve will remain closed until further notice.
DCR manages 36 natural area preserves statewide. Natural area preserves are protected lands that encompass some of the state's exemplary natural communities, as well as habitats of rare plants and animals. North Landing River Natural Area Preserve is the only preserve in the system being closed.