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Virginia CZM Program: 2018 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Division of Natural Heritage

Project Title:

Habitat Conservation/Locality Liaison

Project Description:

DCR's Natural Heritage Locality Liaison program works with localities, Planning District Commissions (PDCs), and Non-Govermental Organizations (NGOs) to help protect natural heritage resources (rare plants, animals, exemplary natural communities and geologic features) by providing access to biodiversity information and DCR consultative services.  A key service is review of projects to identify and recommend mitigation for potential impacts to natural heritage resources.  The Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE) website-Version 2.0 ( has increased the effectiveness of providing natural heritage information. The Locality Liaison will include the new features and functionality of the upgraded website into training. The Locality Liaison will continue to work to make it available to localities, PDCs, land trusts and others through bi-monthly training. By subscribing to the Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE) website, localities and PDCs can access conservation sites and other natural heritage resource location information, which is useful both for project review and for conservation planning.  Digital geospatial datasets will also continue to be available for incorporation into local GIS systems through our subscription service.  The Locality Liaison will work consultatively with locality planners to incorporate natural heritage resource concerns into local comprehensive plans and permitting processes.  The Locality Liaison will also assist localities and local conservation partners to identify habitat conservation opportunities using tools such as the Virginia ConservationVision and VEVA ( An overall goal of the DCR-Virginia Natural Heritage program is that 100% of the counties and cities throughout the Virginia Coastal Zone will have Natural Heritage information by the end of September 2019.  Currently, the percentage of localities with Natural Heritage information is 93% within the Coastal Zone of Virginia. DCR will continue to provide updated natural heritage information to all PDCs in the coastal zone region through NHDE and/or ArcGIS shapefiles. Solar native pollinator habitat tools will be enhanced and updated to encourage sustainable development of renewable energy projects in the coastal zone.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Rene Hypes, 804.371.2708,

Project Status:

10/1/18 - 9/30/19; Project Open

Final Product:


Project Summary:


Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to or

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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