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The Changing Landscapes Initiative focuses its efforts in Northwestern Virginia within a 15-county region surrounding the Shenandoah National Park

  • The Commonwealth of Virginia’s population size has doubled in just a little over 40 years.
  • There is a projected increase from 7.8 million to 9.8 million by the year 2030.
  • Without strategic planning, expansive unplanned growth can result in the destruction of critical habitats and natural resources, loss and fragmentation of the landscape, disruption of the land’s natural processes and ecosystem services, and reduction of lands for agriculture and forestry - one of the largest economic sectors in Virginia.

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Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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Front Royal, Virginia 22630
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