Radford Meetings to Help Gather Public Input for 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan

Planners with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold two public meetings Feb. 7 in Radford to gather regional input for the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan.

Meetings will be at 3 and 7 p.m., at the New River Valley Competitiveness Center, New River Room, 6580 Valley Center Drive, Radford. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on the area’s outdoor recreation and land conservation needs, including:

  • Expansion of New River Trail State Park
  • Expansion of the Huckleberry Trail
  • Increased public access points on the New River
  • Further development of local parks such as Whitt-Riverbend in Giles County and Bissett Park in Radford
  • Expansion of partnerships and collaborative efforts to connect the region’s natural, historic and recreational resources
  • Cooperation with watershed-focused groups on outdoor education and stewardship programsRecommendations for scenic rivers and byways

The Virginia Outdoors Plan is the state’s comprehensive plan for meeting outdoor recreation, land conservation and open space needs. Established in 1965, the plan provides guidance for all levels of government and the private sector. In addition, it assists the state in prioritizing projects and allocating funds for outdoor recreation and land conservation. The plan was last developed in 2007.

“The Virginia Outdoors Plan serves as the guide for increasing and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities for all Virginians, as well as our many visitors and tourists,” said Danette Poole, DCR’s director of planning and recreation resources. “We look forward to gathering feedback from communities across the state so that the upcoming plan continues to reflect the needs of citizens.”

The Radford meetings are part of a series of public-input sessions scheduled statewide. Anyone who cannot attend either meeting may submit written comments. Email comments to janit.llewellyn@dcr.virginia.gov, or write to: VOP Comments, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 203 Governor St., Suite 326, Richmond, VA 23219.

View the 2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan.

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