Mountain Castles SWCD works in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 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. The 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, go to .


Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) coordinates and directs programs and services to prevent degradation of the commonwealth’s water quality and quantity.



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The mission of the Virginia Department of Forestry is to protect and develop healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians.






Virginia Cooperative Extension  puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools you can use every day to improve your life.


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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 Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and its Foundation provide and promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs. The VASWCD coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus effectively on issues identified by local member districts.




The  Virginia Department of Environmental Quality protects and enhances Virginia’s environment, and promotes the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth.


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The mission of the Farm Service Agency is to equitably serve all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans.





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.



The mission of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy is to promote the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources — farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes.




The Valley Conservation Council (VCC), founded in 1990, is a small nonprofit land trust with a big ambition and a dedicated sense of place. We are committed to protecting the natural resources, cultural heritage, and agricultural vitality of America’s legendary Shenandoah Valley.



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The Upper James Resource Conservation & Development Council was created to initiate, develop and promote regional projects benefiting outdoor recreation, land conservation, water resources and environmental education in a sustainable way in the Upper James River watershed. The UJRC&D covers the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Highland, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington.



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The mission of the Upper Roanoke River Roundtable is to serve as an advisory group that will identify and address issues of water quality and quantity and will make recommendations about appropriate management solutions.



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