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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 Farmville, Thursday, Nov. 2.
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 Old Train Station, 510 West 3rd Street, Farmville. 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 Farmville and the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward:
- Develop the 34-mile rail-to-trail High Bridge Trail State
- Connect High Bridge Trail State Park to the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, Holliday Lake, Twin Lakes and Sailors Creek state parks.
- Support the establishment of the Appomattox River Blueway, a water route along the scenic shoreline in Farmville. This proposed blueway would link Wilcks Lake Park to Riverside Park and interface with the town's proposed greenways.
- Recommend evaluation for Virginia Scenic River designation for portions of the James, Slate, Staunton and Upper Appomattox Rivers.
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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