Virginia is a state which relies heavily on its rich natural resource base for both economic and recreational benefits. Virginia's soil, water, forest, and wildlife resources support manufacturing and recreational industries valued at over $25 billion annually. This program aims to improve the management of the state's soil and water resources, 15.4 million acres of forest land, 680,000 acres of freshwater lakes, and 5,000 miles of shoreline. The bulk of Virginia's natural resources are in private ownership. Therefore, in the absence of strict regulations, we are reliant upon financial incentives and education/technical assistance to help these private owners make wise decisions regarding the management and use of their natural resources.

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