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From its beginning in 1920, the Garden Club of Virginia has directed public attention to conservation issues around the state by establishing Conservation as its first standing committee. Through that committee, the GCV pledged to conserve natural resources, plant trees and deal with pests and pesticides. Today, the Garden Club of Virginia is still leading the way by focusing attention on conservation issues through educational leadership initiatives and legislative involvement.

The GCV Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship was established in 2014 to support research in areas relating to the conservation of natural resources and/or environmental studies concerning flora, fauna or community (cultural practices) that directly impact the Commonwealth of Virginia.   Learn more...

The Virginia Natural Area Preserves System was established in the late 1980's to protect some of the most significant natural areas in the Commonwealth. A site becomes a component of the preserve system once it is dedicated as a natural area preserve by the Director of the Department of Conservation & Recreation. Natural area dedication works in much the same way as a conservation easement by placing legally binding restrictions on future activities on a property. The Natural Area Preserve System includes examples of some of the rarest natural communities and rare species habitats in Virginia. This system now includes sixty one dedicated natural areas totaling 51,679 acres. Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve shown.   http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/bushmill.shtml

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Virginia Conservation Network

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Nature Camp Foundation

Wilderness Society

James River Association

Uranium Working Group

Virginia DEQ

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Piedmont Environmental Council

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The Virginia Coalition

VA League of Conservation Voters

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EPA Great Waters Program

Pesticides and Our Health

Capital Trees

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