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2016 Session

Budget Bill - HB29 (Enrolled)

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Item 358

Item 358 (Not set out)

First Year - FY2015Second Year - FY2016
Leisure and Recreation Services (50400)$60,770,064$62,922,440
Preservation of Open Space Lands (50401)FY2015 $13,094,324FY2016 $16,094,324
Design and Construction of Outdoor Recreational Facilities (50403)FY2015 $940,268FY2016 $940,268
State Park Management and Operations (50404)FY2015 $38,817,863FY2016 $38,027,863
Natural Outdoor Recreational and Open Space Resource Research, Planning, and Technical Assistance (50406)FY2015 $7,917,609FY2016 $7,859,985
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2015 $24,399,554FY2016 $26,551,930
SpecialFY2015 $22,347,028FY2016 $22,347,028
Debt ServiceFY2015 $185,187FY2016 $185,187
Dedicated Special RevenueFY2015 $7,700,000FY2016 $7,700,000
Federal TrustFY2015 $6,138,295FY2016 $6,138,295

Authority: Title 10.1, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.1, and 17; Title 18.2, Chapters 1 and 5; Title 19.2, Chapters 1, 5, and 7, Code of Virginia.


A.1. Out of the amount for Natural Outdoor Recreational and Open Space Resource Research, Planning, and Technical Assistance shall be paid for the operation and maintenance of Breaks Interstate Park, an amount not to exceed $181,687 the first year and $181,687 the second year from the general fund.


2. The Breaks Interstate Park Commission shall submit an annual audit of a fiscal and compliance nature of its accounts and transactions to the Auditor of Public Accounts, the Director, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Director, Department of Planning and Budget.


3. The Breaks Interstate Park Commission shall, following the modernization of the Breaks Interstate Park electrical system, enter into negotiations to transfer control of the electrical system serving the park to a local regional electric utility.


B. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 10.1-202, Code of Virginia, amounts deposited to the State Park Conservation Resources Fund may be used for a program of in-state travel advertising. Such travel advertising shall feature Virginia State Parks and the localities or regions in which the parks are located. To the extent possible the department shall enter into cooperative advertising agreements with the Virginia Tourism Authority and local entities to maximize the effectiveness of expenditures for advertising. The department is further authorized to enter into a cooperative advertising agreement with the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.


C. Included in the amount for Preservation of Open-Space Lands is $1,752,750 the first year and $1,752,750 the second year from the general fund for the operating expenses of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (Title 10.1, Chapter 18, Code of Virginia).


D.1. Included in the amount for Preservation of Open Space Lands is $1,000,000 the first year and $4,000,000 the second year from the general fund to be deposited into the Virginia Land Conservation Fund, § 10.1-1020, Code of Virginia. Of these funds, after Virginia Outdoors Foundation's Open-Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund statutory distribution obligations have been satisfied, no less than 50 percent of the remaining appropriations are to be used for grants for fee simple acquisitions with public access or acquisitions of easements with public access. This appropriation shall be deemed sufficient to meet the provisions of § 2.2-1509.4, Code of Virginia.


2. Included in the amounts for Preservation of Open Space Lands is $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000 the second year from nongeneral funds to be deposited into the Virginia Land Conservation Fund to be distributed by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation pursuant to the provisions of § 58.1-513, Code of Virginia.


E.  Upon completion of the construction of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretative Center, the Division of State Parks may accept transfer of the facility, 153 acres of land, and $450,000 for maintenance of the completed facility for operation as a satellite facility to Natural Tunnel State Park.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that at such time as the facility, property, and cash are transferred to the Division of State Parks that positions and ongoing funding for the operation of the satellite facility shall be provided.


F. Out of the amounts for State Park Management and Operations, $60,000 is provided from the general fund in the second year for costs required for the transition of Natural Bridge to a Virginia State Park on June 15, 2016. Funding appropriated herein is to provide for the training of a Park Manager and Chief Ranger, as well as the development of a master plan for the Natural Bridge State Park prior to it being brought into the state park system.


G. Out of the amounts for State Park Management and Operations, $850,000 in the first year from the general fund is provided to begin the replacement of cabin furnishings at existing Virginia State Parks.