2014 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hanger
Natural Bridge Pre-Acquisition Costs

Item 358 #4s

Item 358 #4s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of FY2015 $130,998 FY2016 $130,998 GF
FY2015 2.00 FY2016 2.00 FTE

Page 302, line 1, strike "$58,920,064" and insert "$59,051,062".
Page 302, line 1, strike "$58,920,064" and insert "$59,051,062".

(This amendment would provide funds for a Park Manager and Chief Ranger to coordinate with the owner and prepare for operations when the Natural Bridge property is turned over for operation as a state park. Activities would include interpretive program development, "shadowing" current employees to learn facility operations, planning, development of community support, conversion of the current gift shop into a park visitor facility with exhibits, offices, etc. The Virginia Conservation Legacy Foundation and DCR intend to create a dynamic, collaborate partnership that will serve as a model of private-public collaboration in the management of this complex. The gift agreement allows for the donation of the bridge and 1,531 acres to be done at a time convenient to both the Commonwealth and the VCLF but is expected within 18 months to 5 years.)