Protection of 1000 Natural and Historic “Treasures” Announced by Va. Governor on Dec. 15, 2016

On December 15, 2015, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia had reached the goal he set in May 2015 of protecting 1000 natural and historic “treasures.” Following is an excerpt from the Governor’s Office’s Dec. 15, 2016, news release on reaching the 1000 goal:

“Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Commonwealth has reached its goal of protecting 1,000 Virginia Treasures for the enjoyment of generations of Virginians and visitors to come.  The milestone comes fewer than 18 months after the initiative launched to highlight important ecological, historic, scenic and recreational lands across the state. …Virginia Treasures come in many forms.  They can be ecologically significant lands protected with conservation or open-space easements, historic properties designated by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, or new projects that enhanced access to the Great Outdoors.  Examples include the newly opened Natural Bridge State Park, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ new Ware Creek Wildlife Management Area, [and] other natural areas, parks, and boat launches across the Commonwealth.

“To qualify, Virginia Treasures must have been protected, preserved, or opened to the public since January 2014.  Staff at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation vet applications to ensure they meet established criteria.  Submissions will continue to be accepted online at”

The current distribution of Virginia Treasures by type is as follows:
land donservation: 455;
historic: 391;
recreation: 154.

A complete list of the sites is available online at

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