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The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) is a private nonprofit association of 47 soil and water conservation districts in Virginia and is classified accordingly as a 501(c)(5). It is a voluntary, nongovernmental association of Virginia’s districts.The state of Virginia is divided into six geographic areas. SWCD directors within each area annually elect two directors to serve as Area Chair and Area Vice Chair. The Area Chair serves on the VASWCD Board and represents his/her respective SWCDs. The VASWCD’s voting members are all elected and appointed directors. For more information contact Kendall Tyree, Ph.D., VASWCD Executive Director, at
Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) coordinates and directs programs and services to conserve, protect, enhance and advocate wise use of the commonwealth's unique natural, historical, recreational, scenic and cultural resources. Learn more about VA DCR's major programs and services, soil and water conservation, rare plants and animals, Virginia State Parks, dam safety and much more by watching this video. Nearly all DCR staff members working in soil and water conservation programs interact with and provide support to districts. Some have the primary responsibilities of technical and administrative support. DCR conservation district coordinators (CDCs) serve as liaisons between the commonwealth and districts.In addition, DCR employees carry out responsibilities of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. 
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National Associaton of Conservation Districts (NACD) maintains relationships with organizations and government agencies; publishes information about districts; works with leaders in agriculture, conservation, environment, education, industry and other fields; and provides services to its districts. The association’s programs and activities aim to advance conservation led by local districts and the millions of cooperating landowners and land managers they serve.
Eastern Shore SWCD works in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the lead conservation agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The relationship provides a unique link between the federal agency and local government resulting in locally led conservation. NRCS provides conservation planning standards and conservation practice specifications as well as the national soil survey program, earth team volunteer program and numerous educational and outreach publications. In addition to technical assistance, NRCS offers financial assistance through various Farm Bill programs. These programs offer incentives for adoption of conservation practices, contracts and easement programs to address natural resource concerns involving soil, water, air, plants, animals and energy. For more information on NRCS programs contact Jenny Templeton, District Conservationist for the Accomack Service Center, at or (757) 302-4435.
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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is made up of 51 state offices and 2,124 county offices. FSA implements farm programs and farm loans to farmers and ranchers across the country.  To help administer these programs and services are FSA County Committees.

The mission of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is to protect and develop healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians. VDOF works to ensure that forests and the waters that flow from them are protected today and for future generations. For more information about Forestry in Accomack County contact Robbie Lewis, Senior Area Forester, at or (757) 387-7423 or contact Kenny Midgett, Forest Technician, at or (434) 906-0957.
Both the Accomack County and the Northampton County offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension are your local connections to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, they help the people of each county improve their lives. They provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.  For more information contact Theresa Pittman, Accomack County Extension Agent & Unit Coordinator, at or (757) 787-1361 ext.14 or contact Helene Doughty, Northampton County Agent & Unit Coordinator, at or (757) 678-7946 ext 25.  
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Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Virginia Tech’s Eastern Shore Agricultural Research & Extension Center (AREC) is committed to supporting commercial vegetable and agronomic crop production. The center sits on a 226-acre farm that hosts an office complex, laboratories, equipment buildings, garages, a greenhouse, graduate student housing, a large freshwater pond, and woodland areas. More than 25 agricultural crops are grown annually for research and Extension studies. Research projects involve weed management and resistance, integrated pest management, insect behavior, biological control, plant disease and nematode identification and management, cultural management, evaluation of alternative crops, fumigants, and fertilizers, and application practices. For more information on the local Eastern Shore AREC, contact Mark Reiter, Director and Associate Professor at or (757) 807-6575.
The Eastern Shore RC&D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that serves Accomack and Northampton Counties on the Delmarva Peninsula. The RC&D is a voluntary program that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural and social resources. Program objectives address improving the quality of life, including social, economic, and environmental concerns; continuing prudent use of natural resources; and strengthening local citizen’s ability to use available sources of assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal, state and local  agency partnerships. For more information contact RC&D Projects Director, at 
The  Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) protects and enhances Virginia’s environment, and promotes the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The mission of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries is:

  • to manage Virginia’s wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth;

  • to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the Constitution of Virginia;

  • to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing;

  • to provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia’s fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.

Since 1968 Chincoteague Bay Field Station has educated and inspired thousands of children, youth, and adults about the marine and coastal ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through place-based, hands-on experiences. 
The VA Eastern Shore Land Trust (VESLT) seeks to conserve rural lands which will best preserve the farms, forests, wetlands, waters, and heritage of the Virginia Eastern Shore for the benefit of future generations.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science's Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL) serves as both a field station in support of research and teaching and as a site for resident research in coastal ecology and aquaculture. By virtue of its access to unique coastal habitats, excellent water quality, and an extensive seawater laboratory, the ESL affords educational and research opportunities not available elsewhere within the region. Over its 40-year history, the laboratory has become internationally recognized for shellfish research, with important contributions to molluscan ecology and culture.
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