Northam Approves Grant to DGIF to Fund Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative

Governor Northam has approved a $292,287 grant to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to fund the Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative. The initiative will help the DGIF to acquire and improve forestland. This proposed multi-tract fee-simple acquisition presents the opportunity to expand existing Wildlife Management Areas, facilitate natural marsh migration, support coastal resiliency, provide new public lands for wildlife-related recreation, and improve habitat for migratory birds and species of greatest conservation need in an area of hemispheric importance.

The $5.89 million in Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) grants will fund a total of 19 conservation projects and protect more than 17,000 acres of land across the Commonwealth.

These VLCF grants will be used by private land trusts, local governments and state agencies to acquire and project significant lands in the following categories: farmland, forestry, historic resources, natural areas, and parks and open space.

“These 17,000 acres of newly-conserved lands will generate tremendous benefits for the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “We are protecting our precious natural resources, building resilience to climate change, and ensuring Virginia remains a great place to live, work, and visit.”

The VLCF board is composed of 19 members that are appointed by the governor, the Senate Committee on Rules and the speaker of the House of Delegates. The board includes the Secretary of Natural Resources, who serves as chair, and the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.Governor Northam has approved a $292,287 grant to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to fund the Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative.

Grant applications were reviewed and scored by an interagency workgroup that recommended projects to the board, which approved the awards on Nov. 22. Administrative support for the VLCF is provided by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.