Youngkin announces $500 million in conservation funding

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced over $500 million in conservation funding on Friday.

This will be used to address water quality, flooding, land preservation, habitat restoration and more.

Over $250 million will be dedicated specifically for water quality and infrastructure related projects.

In the announcement, he highlights that while coastal communities are the most at risk, flooding affects the entire Commonwealth.

Some of the key initiatives include:

  • over $200 million for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
  • $100 million to focus on larger community scale flooding projects
  • $8.2 million in critical operations and staffing funds for conservation and state park operations
  • $5 million to the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund

A full list of the projects funded is available here.

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Governor and First Lady Youngkin honor WFV for preservation and outdoor opportunities

Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin presented the Spirit of Virginia award to the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia Monday in Chesapeake.

The Spirit of Virginia Award recognizes unique qualities and achievements for uncommon contributions in a variety of industries.

The nonprofit is dedicated to preserving lands, providing public access, and outdoor recreation opportunities for all Virginians.

Since its founding in 1997, the Foundation has contributed to the conservation of nearly 14,000 acres of wild lands across the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife was given control of most of that land to manage public access and wildlife habitats.

The Foundation still controls roughly 4,000 acres which it uses to provide hunting, fishing, and shooting sports experiences for youth, veterans, and anyone else would otherwise be unable to participate in these unique experiences as well as the general public.

At the award presentation, First Lady Suzanne Youngkin said, “Conserving the Commonwealth’s green spaces must remain a top priority. The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia is sparking a deeper connection between Virginians and nature’s beauty and bounty…”

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