The Virginia Outdoors Plan is the state’s official document regarding land conservation, outdoor recreation and open space planning. It helps all levels of the public and private sectors meet needs pertaining to those issues. The plan provides guidance for the protection of lands through actions of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF), and the plan is required in order for Virginia to take part in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. The 2007 edition of the Virginia Outdoors Plan (VOP) is the ninth written in accordance with §10.1-200 of the Code of Virginia.
The first VOP, Virginia's Common Wealth, was printed in 1965.
DCR conducts a survey every five years to identify the types of outdoor recreational activities in which Virginians participate. Even if some Virginians don’t get outdoors for recreation very often – or at all – it is important that we hear from such households to get a complete picture of our citizens' recreational preferences. This survey plays a pivotal role in the development of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. Click here to download the 2011 Virginia Outdoors Survey executive summary. Click here to get a copy of the actual survey. The survey was sent to nearly 14,000 adults; about 3,100 responded. To obtain the survey's appendices, please email Janit Llewellyn.
From December 2011 through Marcy 2012, planners with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation conducted 43 meetings across the state to gather public input for the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan. Approximately 480 citizens attended the meetings. Public input is being evaluated and integrated into the draft plan. Download a presentation about the VOP and a summary of information received during the public input process.
Those interested in the 2007 plan would also find the 2006 Virginia Outdoors Survey valuable. It covers citizens' outdoor recreation activities, park user preferences and opinions on natural resources and conservation. The survey is used extensively in developing the VOP.
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