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.
VWL began in 2010 in response to a strong grass-roots demand from private landowners, conservation NGOs, and citizens for leadership from the Smithsonian on native plant and wildlife conservation in the region, especially on working lands. We partner with a network of NGOs, agencies, regional private landowners & citizen scientists to promote the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land-use through research, education and community engagement. Our focal area covers a 16-county region surrounding Shenandoah National Park.
As a program, we strive to understand and sustain Virginia's rich biodiversity while leading with science to empower conservation action in our local community.
To learn more about our specific research projects and goals and ways to get involved in our program, visit us at www.vaworkinglandscapes.org.
Your donations will help support:
- Innovative research exploring three main themes - biodiversity, threatened species, and ecosystem services - with new projects developed each year.
- On-the ground habitat monitoring in our local 16-county region.
- Our intern and graduate fellow program to train future leaders in conservation science and practice.
- Our public lectures, workshops, courses, and events covering a wide range of conservation topics.
- Our robust citizen science training program.
"It's been a wonderful experience meeting like-minded people from the different facets of VWL - from the gracious landowners and managers, to the passionate researchers. I'm grateful to participate in this program and play a part in helping to improve the natural environment in my home state." -- VWL Citizen Scientist