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  • Agricultural Stewardship Program

    Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

    Virginia’s farmers have long been quality stewards of the land. Through the Agricultural Stewardship Program, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) works directly with farmers to improve their operations.

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  • Air Check Virginia

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Motor vehicle owners can find a motor vehicle inspection station, view an emissions report and other information about emissions testing for vehicles garaged in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

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  • Air Quality Forecasts

    Department of Environmental Quality

    DEQ monitors the level of ozone and particle pollution from stations around Virginia. You can use the forecast to plan your activities during the summer months. Citizens can also sign up to receive air quality forecasts and health alerts by email.

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  • Animal Services

    Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

    Animals play many valuable roles in our lives. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is responsible for the Commonwealth’s animal control, care and welfare mandates, as well as animal disease control, prevention and diagnostics. The agency protects the health of Virginia’s animal populations through animal identification, admissions and traceability programs. The livestock marketing program brings industry buyers and sellers together.

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  • Apply for Historic Preservation Tax Credits

    Department of Historic Resources

    Both the federal and state tax credit programs are administered in Virginia through DHR. State tax credits are available for owner-occupied, as well as income-producing buildings. If a property is income-producing, an owner may also be able to take advantage of federal tax credits. Additional information and assistance with tax-credit projects may be requested from DHR's Richmond office. Contact Elizabeth Tune at (804) 482-6093 or Chris Novelli at (804) 482-6097.

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  • Book a Cabin

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    There are over 300 cozy, climate-controlled cabins throughout the state. View cabin rental rates, availability or make an online reservation.

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  • Coal, Mineral & Natural Gas Complaints

    Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

    DMME inspectors investigate complaints filed by the public about coal, mineral and natural gas sites.

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  • Coastal GEMS

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Planners, resource managers and residents can find data and maps related to natural resources including information on coastal laws, policies and fact sheets related to planning and conservation in Virginia's coastal areas.

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  • Conservation Education & Project Learning Tree

    Department of Forestry

    Forest education is provided to adults and children through a number of workshops, school field trips, an annual forestry camp for teens, classroom education and programs for pre-service teachers.

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  • Contact an Archaeologist

    Department of Historic Resources

    Most of the department’s archaeological survey, field, and technical assistance activities are conducted from our three regional offices. If you have questions pertaining to local archaeology, need help identifying or managing an archaeological site, or need educational information or speakers about area archaeology, contact the archaeologist who serves your region.

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  • Cost Share Survey Program

    Department of Historic Resources

    The Cost Share Survey and Planning Grant program assists localities with their preservation planning goals and initiatives. An annual competitive grant program, Cost Share provides a matching grant (typically 50%) to localities interested in pursuing such activities as historic resource surveys, state and national register nominations, and preservation plans. To support local governments, DHR provides all the administrative functions for the selected projects including the procurement of qualified professionals, review of prepared materials to ensure they meet quality standards, and all financial requirements. Typical products include new and updated architectural surveys and documentation, research reports with recommendations for additional preservation planning efforts, and nominations for state and national historic register. Additionally, a project’s results can be used to support local planning activities and effective heritage tourism programs.

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  • DEQcast News Feeds

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Sign up to receive DEQ’s news releases and notifications about news and health alerts related to air, water or land protection.

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  • Dam Safety and Floodplains Management

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Whether it's helping localities with floodplain ordinances, explaining flood insurance or certifying the structural integrity of dams, DCR staff helps reduce flooding to protect citizens and their property. Each decade, floods cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and, in Virginia, about 2,000 dams are regulated. Most are owned by individuals or governments. DCR engineers certify those dams' safety and integrity.

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  • Discovery of Human Remains on a Property

    Department of Historic Resources

    A permit from the Director of DHR is required for archaeological recovery of all human skeletal remains and associated artifacts from any unmarked grave, regardless of the age of the burial or archaeological site or ownership of the property. If the grave is part of a formally chartered cemetery, the recovery must also conform to the requirements of § 57-38.1 (“Proceedings by landowner for removal of remains from abandoned family graveyards”) and § 57-39 (“Proceedings for removal of remains and sale of land vacated.”). DHR’s application for a permit to allow the archaeological excavation of human remains was revised (January 9, 2015) to reflect changes to burial laws. The permit application form is available for use and can be downloaded as a PDF.

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  • Donate a Preservation Easement

    Department of Historic Resources

    A conservation easement, which includes historic preservation and open-space easements, is a legal land preservation agreement between a landowner and a governmental or non-profit conservation organization (land trust) that protects the conservation values of a property, through perpetual limits on future development of the land. The easement may also include special protections for historic, cultural, natural, scenic, or open-space resources on the property. Most often, landowners voluntarily donate easements and receive some federal or state tax benefits for their charitable gift. Every easement is unique. The terms and provisions are negotiated between the landowner and the holder of the easement. The easement is perpetual and binds all future owners of the property. Except for rights specifically relinquished in the easement deed, the landowner continues to own, use, and control the land. Donation of a conservation easement is a complex process. It requires consultation with legal and tax counsel to ensure compliance with State and Federal tax code and guidelines for conservation easements.

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  • Energy Efficiency Performance Contracting

    Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

    Performance contracting helps government entities secure a contract to improve energy efficiency at government buildings.

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  • Environmental Project Review

    Department of Historic Resources

    DHR represents the Commonwealth of Virginia's interests in our significant historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources. DHR's Division of Review and Compliance serves to advise and assist Federal and state agencies in determining if their projects will affect our significant historic/cultural resources and, if so, how to address and resolve those effects.

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  • Farmland Preservation

    Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

    Helps preserve Virginia’s working farmland for future generations.

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  • Find a State Park

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    DCR manages 36 Virginia State Parks, and there's one within an hour's drive of nearly every Virginian. Parks have modern-day and overnight facilities as well as friendly and professional staff that complement the state’s most beautiful scenery. A visit to a state park enhances guests' appreciation of the outdoors and restores the mind, body and spirit.

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  • Food Safety & Consumer Protection Services

    Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) administers a variety of Virginia laws and regulations that protect consumers and businesses. The Division of Consumer Protection is comprised of the Offices of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, Pesticide Services, Plant Industry Services and Weights and Measures. In the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services, the Office of Dairy and Foods administers laws and regulations designed to ensure the safety, wholesomeness and proper labeling of foods in Virginia.

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  • Forest Health

    Department of Forestry

    The VDOF works with landowners to reduce or eliminate invasive insect and plant pests that threaten the forests of Virginia.

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  • Forest Management

    Department of Forestry

    The VDOF provides unbiased, scientific advice to help forest landowners reach their goals for their woodlands. Whether the goal is timber management, wildlife habitat, aesthetic beauty, resource conservation or air/water quality, VDOF staff are available to assist.

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  • General Permits for Stormwater Discharges

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Applications can be submitted for construction general permits for stormwater discharges. Permits are required for stormwater runoff from public or private construction activities in planned developments or from land disturbances equal to or greater than one acre.

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  • Geologic Information

    Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

    Learn information about the geology of Virginia, geologic hazards, economic geology and geologic mapping of the state.

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  • Habitat Management Division

    Marine Resources Commission

    MRC manages the state's submerged bottom lands, tidal wetlands, sand dunes and beaches in order to preserve and protect Virginia's natural resources and the habitat that saltwater fisheries depend on. Get information on water bottom use, permitting, oyster ground leasing and territory assignments on the MRC website.

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  • Inspection & Grading Services

    Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) provides inspection and grading services for a variety of agricultural commodities, foods, plants, animals and consumer services.

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  • Land Conservation

    Department of Forestry

    Protecting one's land in perpetuity (keeping forests as forests and in the family) is the goal of many forest landowners. Landowners can work with the VDOF to establish a conservation easement on their property. They still own and manage the land, but the conservation easement limits (or prohibits) the conversion of the land to another use.

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  • Mine, Mineral & Gas Well Permitting

    Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

    DMME permits coal mines, mineral mines and gas wells.

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  • Miner Certifications

    Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

    DMME certifies miners to work on mine sites.

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  • Museum Exhibits

    Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The museum's exhibits provide a look into the natural history of the world, with a focus on Virginia, from hundreds of millions of years ago to present day.

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  • Museum Research & Collections

    Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The Virginia Museum of Natural History has over 10 million specimens in its collections in the areas of archaeology, bryozoans, earth science, amphibians and reptiles, recent invertebrates, invertebrate Fossils, birds, mammals, frozen tissues, plant fossils, and vertebrate fossils. In addition to its specimens, the museum employs 5 full time curators dedicated to the areas of archaeology, paleontology, mammalogy, earth sciences, and recent invertebrates. Museum scientists, past and present, were responsible for naming 520 species new to science.

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  • Natural Heritage Programs

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    DCR manages more than 60 different natural area preserves to protect some of the state's most significant areas. These places are home to rare, unique and endangered species and natural communities. Although undeveloped, the preserves offer limited public access. DCR also works with other public and private landowners to identify and protect natural heritage resources throughout the state.

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  • Office of Land Conservation

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Land conservation preserves Virginia's heritage, offers recreational opportunity, and improves water quality, wildlife and quality of life. In addition to managing its lands, DCR helps landowners, land trusts and localities by serving as a clearinghouse and keeping an inventory of protected lands.

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  • Pesticide Applicators, Licenses & Product Registrants

    Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

    The Office of Pesticide Services certifies applicators, registers pesticide products and licenses pesticide businesses. These activities provide for the safe and effective control of pests that attack our crops, structures and health.

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  • Planning and Recreation Resources

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    DCR authors the state's most comprehensive land planning, conservation and recreation document, the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The plan details outdoor recreation needs, issues and priorities, includes models for multi-purpose land use and sustainable development, and spells out long-term recommendations on state and planning district levels. DCR also manages the state's Scenic Rivers Program and provided to localities planning and recreation resources technical assistance and grants.

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  • Register to be an Investor-owned Utility

    State Corporation Commission

    A private business organization that provides a public utility (such as electricity and natural gas), and does not function as a part of the government. IOUs must submit Annual Financing Plans and file Securities Applications.

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  • Report Pollution

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Citizens should report a known or possible pollution incident or a violation of environmental laws and regulations, by calling the nearest DEQ regional office or by completing the online reporting form.

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  • Saltwater Fishing Tournament

    Marine Resources Commission

    Learn about the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, including rules, weigh stations, state record information, and a complete listing of last year’s Citation winning fish.

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  • Soil and Water Conservation Programs

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Runoff from yards, streets, parking lots, farm fields and construction sites is the leading source of water pollution in Virginia. This runoff is called nonpoint source pollution because its sources are diffuse, and that's why everyone must work to stop it. DCR helps by teaching citizens lawn care techniques that keep pollution from reaching nearby streams and faraway waterways, such as the Chesapeake Bay.

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  • Sponsor a State Historical Highway Marker

    Department of Historic Resources

    The first step in proposing a new marker simply requires that a sponsor submit an application to DHR. If you have an idea for a potential marker honoring an historical person, place, event, or institution in Virginia, be sure that the topic meets the first criterion: It must have significance beyond the local level and extend, at the very least, to a regional level within the state (e.g. the Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, Tidewater, etc.). For additional guidance and information about topic eligibility, see 'Highway Marker Criteria' on our webpage Important Information for Marker Sponsors.

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  • State Forests

    Department of Forestry

    Virginia has 24 State Forests across the Commonwealth. While some are for research purposes only, most are working forests that offer passive recreational opportunities including walking, hiking, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and hunting. A State Forest Use Permit is required for those over the age of 16 for some activities.

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  • State and National Landmark Registers Listing

    Department of Historic Resources

    The process consists of two phases: evaluation and nomination. During the evaluation phase, preliminary information about a property is examined by DHR's regional office staff and the National Register Evaluation Committee, which then recommends to the State Review Board properties that appear to meet the criteria for registration. The register criteria apply to places of local as well as of national or statewide significance. Many places are listed in the registers because they exemplify themes or architectural styles important in local history. Once the evaluation phase is completed, property owners decide if and when they will proceed with a formal nomination of these qualified properties.

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  • Stormwater Erosion and Sediment Certification

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Online self-service certification capabilities for citizens of Virginia. Customers receive email reminders when certifications are due for renewal and can renew certifications online. Citizens can also search for certified individuals in their area who can disturb land in a responsible manner.

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  • Timber Harvest Inspections

    Department of Forestry

    More than 5,000 commercial timber harvests are conducted in Virginia each year, and the staff at the VDOF inspects each one multiple times to ensure no damage is being done to the water courses of the Commonwealth. Timber harvest professionals employ best management practices that result in more than 98 percent compliance. VDOF inspectors work with loggers to bring the other 2 percent into compliance or they cite the offenders for violations of the Water Quality Law.

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  • Tree Seedlings

    Department of Forestry

    The VDOF has two tree nurseries that grow and sell more than 30 million tree seedlings each year to Virginians.

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  • VMNH Education Programs

    Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The museum provides a large variety of educational services to all citizens of the Commonwealth. The museum has a dedicated education staff available to provide educational programming at the museum, through outreach, as well as distance learning.

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  • What's in my Backyard Map Services

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Citizens can find geographic information and features including petroleum release sites, solid waste facilities, impaired waters, and water quality monitoring stations.

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  • Wildland Fire Prevention and Protection

    Department of Forestry

    VDOF works hard to prevent and suppress wildfires that threaten lives and property. From preparing your home or community to lessen the risk of damage from a wildfire through the FireWise program to the actual suppression of more than 1,000 wildfires each year, the VDOF is here to protect and serve.

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  • eDMR

    Department of Environmental Quality

    Permit holders may submit Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) online as an alternative to paper form submission.

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