Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreationlast updated: February 2015

Conservation, Wise Use

Ultimately our livelihood, quality of life and future depend on how intelligently all of us manage natural resources. With this in mind, the department enhances natural and recreational resources through land management planning, funding, education and regulation. Nearly everyone in Virginia is touched by a DCR activity.

Conservation. It means wise use. Conserving our resources, protecting them for the future... it's not simple work, and we don't handle it alone. We work with many local, volunteer and citizen groups. Whether it's with one of the state's 47 soil and water conservation districts, the Nature Conservancy, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, or a local parks and recreation department, the focus is always on conserving our natural and recreational resources.

DCR's mission - To provide opportunities that encourage and enable people to enjoy, protect and restore Virginia’s natural and cultural treasures.

DCR's vision - DCR, with the cooperation of partners and customers, is a leader in: providing tangible and lasting improvements to the quality of Virginia's resource lands and waters; serving as a trusted steward of the outdoor recreational and natural resources placed under its care; promoting the conservation and enjoyment of Virginia's diverse and unique environment and rich cultural legacy for future generations; protecting public safety through regulatory programs and conservation law enforcement; and recognizing the value of its dedicated and committed workforce.

Contact Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Contact Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Clyde Cristman
600 E. Main St.
24th Floor
Richmond, Virginia  23219
Phone: (804) 786-6124


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Virginia

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