Photo by Amy Johnson
Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land-use through research, education and community engagement. We partner with a network of NGOs, agencies, regional landowners and citizen scientists. Our goals are to:
- Create a community network to promote dissemination of information from neighbor to neighbor.
- Network landowners with state and federal agencies that can provide them with specific technical and financial assistance.
- Establish and highlight demonstration sites on working farms that showcase best practices for different land uses, agricultural production, and biodiversity management.
- Advance the science of land management and develop best practices relevant both to working farmers and conservationists.