Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve

Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) takes seriously the two missions that make up its name. Recreation takes the lead in our state parks system, with camping and cabins, picnic shelters, bike trails, motorboat launches, and even concerts and festivals happening around our 36 state parks. We have a separate system of lands, the Natural Area Preserves, where nature – conserving the rarest and best habitats – comes first, and recreation is permitted only where compatible with the protection of the delicate resources within.

Taylorsville Partners sheds light on fracking concerns

2014 has been a busy year atop the Taylorsville Basin, an ancient shale deposit formed millions of years ago, and now miles below our feet in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The Taylorsville Basin spans Caroline, King George, Westmoreland, Essex and King and Queen counties, deep beneath the very heart of the Rappahannock River watershed.  Dallas-based Shore Exploration and Production Corp. has leased gas and oil rights over approximately 84,000 acres in the Taylorsville Basin.