Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR): DCR, with the cooperation ofpartnersand 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.
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ): DEQ administers state and federal laws and regulations for air quality, water quality, water supply and land protection. In addition, other programs cover a variety of environmental activities, such as improving the ability of businesses and local governments to protect the environment, and offering technical and financial assistance for air and water quality improvements. Through its six regional offices, DEQ issues permits, conducts inspections and monitoring, and enforces regulations and permits.
Department of Forestry (DOF): VDOF protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians. The Virginia Department of Forestry protects 15.8 million acres of forest land from fire, insects and disease and manages 22 State Forest lands totaling 67,920 acres for timber, recreation, water, research, wildlife and biodiversity. The VDOF is responsible for managing the forest resource on 22 State Forest properties located throughout Virginia.
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF): VDGIF’s mission is to manage Virginia’s wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the Constitution of Virginia; to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; to provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia’s fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.
Virginia Cooperative Extension: VCE puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools you can use every day to improve your life. Visit one of our 107 local offices, explore our website, read a publication, attend a program, or join a 4-H club -— just a few of the many ways you can tap into our knowledge and use it to make a difference in your life.
Virginia Museum of Natural History: The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all citizens of the Commonwealth. As the state’s museum of natural history serving the entire Commonwealth and beyond, VMNH has award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections, and innovative educational programs for all ages. With its outreach education programs, online resources, and traveling exhibits and displays, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is truly a Museum Without Walls.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Center for Coastal Resources Management: The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) develops and supports integrated and adaptive management of coastal zone resources. To fulfill this mission, the Center undertakes research, provides advisory service, and conducts outreach education, including Master Naturalist training courses for coastal and estuarine ecology and management in collaboration with other Virginia Institute of Marine Science departments.