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Good Fire

We’ve been conditioned to think of fire as solely a destructive force, but for wildlife, forests, and meadows, fire can also be restorative and a force for good. Prescribed fire is #GoodFire.

Learn How DWR Uses #GoodFire to Restore the Wild

Conserve. Connect. Protect.

DWR has been a steward of the outdoors since 1916, leading in wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and their role in nature.

How Do We Fund What We Do?

You might be surprised to know that Virginia DWR is primarily funded from sources other than Virginia general tax dollars.

A lot of our funding to help conserve wildlife and habitat comes from public spending on things like fishing and hunting licenses, tags, or stamps, boat registrations, and via a federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

Those sources of financial support have helped us protect hundreds of species and their habitat for over 100 years, but there’s always more we can do for Virginia’s wildlife. That’s where you come in. You too can become a steward of the outdoors by supporting our work or working with us — whether you hunt, fish, and boat or simply enjoy the outdoors.

How You Can Help
The Outdoors Are Better Together

Contribute to a Cause

Your contributions can help us restore wildlife habitat when you become a Restore the Wild member or connect youth to the outdoors through the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program!

Volunteer & Mentorship

Whether you volunteer with us, take the time to mentor a new hunter, or refer a friend to go hunting or fishing, you can make a difference!

Partnership Opportunities

Interested in exploring how you or your organization can partner with us to conserve wildlife habitat or connect people with the outdoors? Get in touch with us!

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Virginia Wildlife Magazine

In the May–June 2021 issue…

A look at how illegal trade in freshwater turtles and tortoises is threatening populations, river snorkeling as a creative way to view aquatic wildlife, streamer fishing fly tips, how the Virginia Bird and Wildlife Trail can help you plan a day of wildlife viewing, what you need to know about sarcoptic mange in bears, and more!

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Your purchases support the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program, connecting kids to the outdoors.