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Virginia CZM Program LogoVirginia CZM Program Final Environmental Impact Statement

Also known as the “Program Document” this report outlines the establishment of the program in 1986.

Commonwealth of Virginia Coastal Resources Management Program and Final Environmental Impact Statement - published by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and the Virginia Council of the Environment (which was merged into the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in 1993.)

Visit the Virginia CZM Program Description and Boundary webpage for an overview of the program and its activities.

VA CZM Magazine Spring Summer 2006Virginia Coastal Zone Management Magazine

Virginia CZM Program Fact Sheets

Virginia CZM Program Accomplishments Summaries

Go to Virginia CZM Program: Goals and Accomplishments webpage - for highlights of how Virginia has addressed the ten goals of its CZM Program.

Virginia Seaside Accomplishments Report - updated January 2014 (including partner funding chart) (pdf) --- includes details on oyster and scallop restoration efforts, and details on eelgrass restoration efforts, on the Seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Virginia Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategy

Every five years the Virginia CZM Program produces a "Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategy" report as required under Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act. This report outlines the high priority resource and issue areas on which the Virginia CZM Program will focus its attention, efforts and match-free funding provided under Section 309 of the CZMA. 

Go to Virginia Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategy to learn more about this process or follow the links below for downloadable reports of:

Virginia Coastal Partners Workshop Presentations

General Information from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management

  • NOAA Library — The library contains documents and work products produced over the past 30 years of coastal zone management. The library contains a comprehensive collection of information on hydrographic surveying, oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, living marine resources and meteorological satellite applications.

National Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program

Virginia CZM Program Partner Publications

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

  • Fact Sheets on air, water, waste and general environmental information
  • Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program Office publications - related to tributary strategies, CB monitoring, and the Water Quality Improvement Fund.
  • Restoring Virginia's Wetlands - A Citizen's ToolkitRestoring Virginia's Wetlands - A Citizen's Toolkit
    Promotes the Voluntary Protection, Enhancement, Restoration and Creation of wetlands - prepared in partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), through a grant award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Wetlands Program Development Grants initiative. Guides readers through the background information necessary to understand wetland functions and values. It provides useful information to Virginia's landowners, both private and public, on the status of wetlands, various options for the use and management of their wetlands, current regulatory protection as well as voluntary efforts, and technical and financial resources for protection, enhancement, restoration and creation projects. Included within the ToolKit are basics regarding wetland identification, types and classification as well as a section discussing types of wetland monitoring. Available on-line and in hardcopy.

Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

  • Publications Page (bay local assistance, dam safety, floodplain management, natural heritage, planning & recreation resources, soil & water conservation, state parks) 
  • Virginia Outdoors Plan - the state’s official document regarding land conservation, outdoor recreation and open space planning.
  • Virginia Natural Heritage Program E-News - summarizes quarterly activities of the Natural Heritage program highlighting such events as newly and re-discovered species, protection and stewardship events and inventory results.

Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Cover - Coastal Edition

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Virginia Department of Forestry

Other Coastal Management Newsletters, Magazines, Publications

NOAA Logo 

For comments or questions concerning this program's web pages, contact Virginia Witmer.

This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a federal Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.

Virginia CZM Projects in the News

A Ballooning Problem
Chesapeake Bay Magazine
September 17, 2017
Article highlights Virginia CZM Program's efforts to reduce mass balloon releases in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program and Clean Virginia Waterways.

Review of "Native Plants for Southeast Virginia" guide
Plant Science Bulletin, Spring 2017 (published by the Botanical Society of America)  

Greener Living: Book on native plants is a gift for the asking
The VIrginia-Pilot
November 26, 2016
Article highlights availability of the guide "Native Plants for Southeast Virginia" produced by the Virginia CZM Program with a team of regional partners.

NEW & Featured Items

All Stories from the Virginia Wildlife Magazine Are Now Available On-Line

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Library of Virginia are pleased to announce a joint partnership to digitize and make available 62 years of Virginia Wildlife magazines from January 1959 through December 2012

Special Topic Publication and Educational Materials


VA Oyster Gardening Guide 2013 edition

Visit the Virginia CZM Program Oyster Restoration web page to view and download the following publications:

  • Virginia Oyster Gardening Guide
  • Oyster Reef Habitat Fact Sheet
  • “Build-A-Reef” Educational Activity 
  • Amazing Oysters Educational Activity  

Native Plants

Native Plants of the Northern Neck, VA

Download Regional Native Plants Guides -

Guides are currently available for:

  • Eastern Shore
  • Northern Neck
  • Northern Virginia
  • Central Rappahannock (Fredericksburg and surrounding counties)
  • Virginia Capital Region (Richmond and surrounding counties)
  • Southeastern Virginia (Hampton Roads)
  • Northern Piedmont (Charlottesville and counties just north and south)

Virginia Hospitality - migratory bird habitat publication

  • Landowner's plant list for migratory birds 
  • Migratory Birds of the Lower Delmarva - A Landowners Guide (PDF)
    This guide was produced by the Virginia CZM and the Department of Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary. The guide provides guidelines for restoring and enhancing migratory songbird habitat.
  • Virginia Hospitality (PDF)
    This full color publication was produced by the Virginia CZM and the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary. It tells the story of the fall migration of thousands of birds along the Virginia Eastern Shore. The publication offers many wonderful photos of migratory bird species and describes how these species rely on the area's vegetation during their migration.
  • Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Natural Heritage website - provides downloadable native plant fact sheets
  • Habitat Management and Home Habitats - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website
  • Managing Phragmites Workshop for Landowners Presentations - DCR produced these presentations for workshops held on Virginia's Eastern Shore in 2005.

Migratory Songbirds, Raptors and Shorebirds

The Neotropical Migratory Songbird Coastal Corridor Study, VA
Protecting Migratory Bird Habitat on the Southern Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Efforts of Virginia CZM and its Partners (PDF - Fact Sheet)

Neotropical Migratory Songbird Coastal Corridor Study (pdf) - this study, funded in part by the Virginia CZM Program, documented the importance of a mid-Atlantic neotropical migratory bird flyway with major "stopover" or rest stops (New Jersey through Virginia).  The report documented significantly higher concentrations of birds on the Southern Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore and how critical it is to protect the habitat on which migrants depend during their long journeys.  This report supported the development of the Northampton County Special Area Management Plan.

Migratory Birds Sighted During the Annual Virginia Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival (aka "Species Checklist") (pdf) - checklist of species and sitings by year

Roger Tory Peterson Letter (pdf) - World renowned ornithologist and author, Roger Tory Peterson, points out in this letter to his editor how significant Virginia's Lower Delmarva Peninsula is along the Atlantic Migratory Bird Flyway

Virginia Barrier Island Beach Nesting Bird BrochureLife on the Beach Isn’t Always Easy (pdf) – Virginia Barrier Island Beach Nesting Bird Brochure - highlights the barrier island habitat needs of beach nesting birds, including a map of the Eastern Shore showing land ownership and information on visiting the sites (also go to Virginia Seaside Heritage Program goals web page)

Virginia Important Bird Area Program: Delmarva Peninsula and Tidewater, and the Western Shore (Center for Conservation Biology/W&M Technical Report Series) - Important Bird Areas on Delmarva Peninsula and in Tidewater - entire report (pdf)

Report Chapters:

Important Bird Areas on Western Shore - entire report  (pdf)
Report Chapters:


Visit the Virginia CZM Program Seagrass Restoration web page to view and download the following publications:

  • Seagrass Habitat Fact Sheet
  • “Build-A-Bed” Educational Activity



  • Learn how to control the spread of this non-native species on your property!
  • Marsh Invader! How to Identify and Combat One of Virginia’s Most Invasive Plants: Phragmites --- A new technical guidebook for landowners about the reasons and methods for controlling Phragmites -- Download guidebook (PDF)




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