Wednesday, February 8, 2012

[Peninsula-Patriots] Fw: VA DEPT of Conservation & Recreation @ MPPDC Regional Comments taken URGENT-Wildlans Project

From Elena comes this:
Subject: Fw: VA DEPT of Conservation & Recreation @ MPPDC Regional Comments taken URGENT-Wildlans Project

Jan 4, 2012 – The Virginia Outdoors Plan is the state's official document regarding land ... the state to gather public input for the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan.
Click on to the Departmment of Land and Conservation Foundation
Click on to the May 19, 2011 workshop Power Point presentation
Looks like the Wildlands Project to me
Reserve and Corridor System to Protect Biodiversity as required by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity......
Va Code is mentioned  in one of the slides   I like the "accept" term:
§ 10.1-213. Dedication of natural area preserves.
A. The Director may, in the name of the Department, accept the dedication of natural areas on lands deemed by the Director to qualify as natural area preserves under the provisions of this article. Natural area preserves may be dedicated by voluntary act of the owner. The owner of a qualified natural area may transfer fee simple title or other interest in land to the Commonwealth. Natural area preserves may be acquired by gift, grant, or purchase.
B. Dedication of a natural preserve shall become effective only upon acceptance of the instrument of dedication by the Director.
C. The instrument of dedication may:
1. Contain restrictions and other provisions relating to management, use, development, transfer, and public access, and may contain any other restrictions and provisions as may be necessary or advisable to further the purposes of this article;
2. Define, consistently with the purposes of this article, the respective rights and duties of the owner and of the Commonwealth and provide procedures to be followed in case of violations of the restrictions;
3. Recognize and create reversionary rights, transfers upon conditions or with limitations, and gifts over; and
4. Vary in provisions from one natural area preserve to another in accordance with differences in the characteristics and conditions of the several areas.
D. Public departments, commissions, boards, counties, municipalities, corporations, colleges, universities and all other agencies and instrumentalities of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions are empowered to dedicate suitable areas within their jurisdiction as natural area preserves.
E. Subject to the approval of the Governor, the Commonwealth may enter into amendments to the instrument of dedication upon finding that the amendment will not permit an impairment, disturbance, use, or development of the area inconsistent with the provisions of this article. If the fee simple estate in the natural area preserve is not held by the Department under this article, no amendment may be made without the written consent of the owner of the other interests therein.
(1989, c. 553.)

We -AS MANY as possible need to go to the Public Comment meetings today-Elena
Subject: VA DEPT of Conservation & Recreation @ MPPDC Regional Comments taken

From Gazette Journal 2-7-12
Two mtgs. will be held next Wed. (2-8-12) at Saluda Office the MPPDC so the VA Dept. of Conservation & Rec can gather regional comments on the 2013 VA OUTDOORS PLAN.
Mtgs. held will begin at 3 and 7pm. said Julie Buchannan public relations specialist for DCR & residents are invited to share their thoughts on the area's outdoor recreation and land conservation needs.
Some of the important outdoor rec and land conservation needs for the Middle Peninsula. In Mathews, Buchanan said, the list includes the New Point Comfort Lighthouse Preservation Project, Put-in Creek waterfront access and picnic area project, and Mathews Main St Revitalization and Enhancement Project.
Other areas West Point Riverwalk Trail
Waterfront Park in town of Tappahannock
Public access points in various locations and more........................
This is something that should be attended by as many of us as possible if only to keep our ears open.
                                                                                                                         Sharon Slaughter

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