We are pleased to participate in the Virginia Working Landscapes program through the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The mission of the program is to study and promote the sustainable use of Virginia’s landscapes for native biodiversity through ecosystem research, habitat monitoring and community engagement.
Trained volunteers survey pollinators, plants and birds on properties across the Commonwealth and, from their website they state their goals:
- 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 that showcase best practices for different land uses, including opportunities for landowners to visit and tour working farms that serve a dual purpose in agricultural production and biodiversity.
- Advance the science of land management and develop best practices relevant both to working farmers and conservationists.
Here is the year end report for the White House Farm:
The White House Farm was featured as one of the 43 properties in the program: http://www.vaworkinglandscapes.org/content/vwl-property-profile-white-house-farm