Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

DCR manages 40 Virginia State Parks, and there’s one within an hour’s drive of every Virginian. The parks are perfect settings for families and groups to enjoy water sports, hiking, biking, horseback riding and other healthy outdoor activities. Millions of out-of-state guests visit parks each year, contributing to nearby localities’ economies. More new parks and facilities are on the horizon. A visit to a state park enhances guests’ appreciation of the outdoors and restores the mind, body and spirit.

In a similar vein, DCR manages more than 60 natural area preserves to protect some of the state’s most significant areas. These places are home to rare, unique and endangered species and natural communities. Although undeveloped, more than 20 preserves offer some public access. DCR also works with other public and private landowners to identify and protect natural heritage resources throughout the state.

DCR works with the state’s 47 soil and water conservation districts to help farmers install conservation measures. The measures protect water quality and, because they typically also keep soil in place, sustain productivity. The agency also helps by teaching citizens and businesses lawn care techniques that keep pollution from reaching nearby streams and faraway waterways, such as the Chesapeake Bay.

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Contact Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

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


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Tax advantages and other incentives related to land conservation


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code allows two principal forms of tax benefits from donations of conservation easements: a federal income tax deduction and an estate tax exclusion. The amount of the deduction or exclusion is determined by an appraiser who calculates the decrease in value caused by the permanent restrictions on the use of the land from the conservation easement. Only easements granted in perpetuity are eligible for the tax benefit.


What is Natural Area Dedication?


Natural Area Dedication is a conservation option available to landowners of highly significant natural areas.

Related Success Stories for Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Guildford Farm Conservation Development
Guildford Farm is a 35 lot Conservation Development that will protect 150 acre farm and wildlife preserve and buffer on key waterways. Houses and roads will use Low Impact Development, LID, methods.