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Virginia Agricultural Model 2015 edition

Overview

The purpose of the Virginia Agricultural Model is to quantify the relative suitability of lands for agricultural activity. It is intended for use by state and local governments, planning districts, environmental consultants, land trusts, and others involved in land use planning and conservation prioritization.

Data Layer Description

Source

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage

What this data layer represents

The Agricultural Model was developed to display and rank lands with the greatest agricultural potential in Virginia.

Location

Commonwealth of Virginia: pixel resolution 30 meters

Description

The purpose of the Virginia Agricultural Model is to quantify the relative suitability of lands for agricultural activity. It is intended for use by state and local governments, planning districts, environmental consultants, land trusts, and others involved in land use planning and conservation prioritization.

 

The Virginia Agricultural Model is a raster data set in which the relative agricultural value of lands is assessed primarily based on inherent soil suitability, but also accounts for current land cover as well as travel time between agricultural producers and consumers. Model values range from 0 (unsuitable) to 100 (optimal).

How to get the data layer

Source data can be downloaded from the Virginia Natural Heritage Program website at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/vaconvisagric.

How you might make use of this data layer

This data set provides some of the information needed for prioritizing lands that may be placed under conservation easements in the interest of sustaining agricultural values and uses. The Virginia Agricultural Model is one of several in a suite of conservation planning and prioritization models developed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program and partners, known collectively as Virginia ConservationVision. More information on Virginia Conservation Vision can be found at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/vaconvision.

How to get more information

For more information, visit the Virginia Natural Heritage Program website at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/vaconvisagric.

Access and use constraints

Attribution Share Alike (BY-SA)

Credits

Hazler, K.R. and T. Tien. 2015. Virginia ConservationVision: Agricultural Model, 2015 edition. Natural Heritage Technical Report 15-13. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, Richmond, Virginia. 43 pp.

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