Natural Resources

Land Preservation

Land Preservation

Graphs and Tables at a Glance

Acreage Preserved in Virginia, 2007-2016

Fiscal Year Total Statewide
Acreage Preserved
Annual Acreage
Preserved
2007 3,411,172 97,587
2008 3,504,983 93,811
2009 3,594,437 89,454
2010 3,700,687 106,249
2011 3,734,975 34,289
2012 3,798,442 63,467
2013 3,841,509 43,066
2014 3,915,505 73,996
2015 3,955,531 40,026
2016 3,987,712 32,181
Source: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Conservation Lands Database

 

Preserved Land by Virginia Region, 2014-2016

Region Preserved Land
(in sq. miles)
Preserved Land as
Percent of Total
Preserved Land
(in sq. miles)
Preserved Land as
Percent of Total
Preserved Land
(in sq. miles)
Preserved Land as
Percent of Total
  2014 2015 2016
Central 1,041.75 11.3% 1,063.67 11.5% 1,085.39 11.7%
Eastern 317.45 16.1% 321.89 16.3% 324.61 16.4%
Hampton Roads 353.80 14.9% 353.90 14.9% 355.11 15.0%
Northern 592.33 19.5% 600.43 19.8% 605.63 19.9%
Southside 227.10 3.6% 239.04 3.7% 247.92 3.9%
Southwest 852.96 13.4% 856.98 13.5% 860.10 13.5%
Valley 1,893.81 36.9% 1898.66 37.0% 1,902.43 37.1%
West Central 838.78 16.5% 845.93 16.7% 849.61 16.7%
Virginia 6,117.98 15.5% 6180.52 15.6% 6,230.80 15.7%
Source: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Conservation Lands Database


Percent Change in Amount of Rural Land, by State.

Percentage of Rural Land Lost,
by State, 1982-87 to 2007-12