• State parks remain open despite government shutdown

    RICHMOND – All 36 Virginia State Parks remain open to the public. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, managers of the park system, have received numerous inquiries from the public concerned that the state parks are being affected by the federal government shutdown. False Cape State Park in southern Virginia Beach is the only Virginia State Park affected. Primary access to the park is through the federal Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is closed because of the shutdown.

  • New River project underway

    A major streambank stabilization project is quietly taking place on a family farm in Grayson County owned by James Phipps, his mother Emma Phipps and the late Eugene Phipps.

  • BRDC begins new hiking series

    Blue Ridge Discovery Center is proud to welcome Roald Kirby to their team of naturalist explorers and guides. As program director of the new Blue Ridge Expeditions, Roald brings years of outdoor experience and love of the Blue Ridge to the public through a series of walks, guided hikes and nature lore.

  • BRDC to sponsor free nature hike Sept. 21

    Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), is sponsoring a free birding and nature hike in the Matthews State Forest on Saturday, Sept. 21.

    This will be the kickoff for BRDC’s new program, Blue Ridge Expeditions, which will offer a series of free natural history outings in the Twin County area.

  • New River Land Trust plans River Revel

    BLACKSBURG - The annual Land and River Revel for the New River Land Trust on Sunday, Sept. 15, gives friends of land conservation a chance to celebrate the past year’s conservation victories, enjoy good food and wine, and bid on a week’s vacation in Provence, a golfing outing to Primland’s internationally ranked resort, and other intriguing auction items.

  • Feeding deer now illegal in Virginia

    RICHMOND — Effective Sept. 1, it is now illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia. 

    The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January. In addition, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ (DGIF) Board has made the following amendments to the deer feeding prohibition. 

  • NARC, DC, ICC to hold wildfire awareness meeting in Wytheville

    WYTHEVILLE — The New River – Highlands RC&D Area, the Virginia Association of RC&D Councils, National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils (NARC&DC) and the International Code Council (ICC) are partnering to conduct meetings on Aug. 29-30 to make the public aware of the effects of destructive forest fire in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI).

  • Events planned at Grayson Highlands

    MOUTH OF WILSON - Grayson Highlands State Park is currently offering programs every day of the week, including the following special events:

  • Grayson Highlands above the rest

    By Shaina Stockton, Staff

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Park officials, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at Grayson Highlands State Park on Saturday to introduce the Split Rock Trail, a new 1.3-mile loop trail that offers both hiking and climbing opportunities to the public. 

  • Second Elk Creek water quality meeting set

    ELK CREEK - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host a second agricultural and residential workgroup meeting this month to address the water quality improvement plan being developed to reduce fecal bacteria in Elk Creek.