The Conservation Volunteer Program (CVP) formally began operation in 1986. Since its inception, over 200,000 hours of service have been provided to help manage natural and cultural resources on base. Active duty and retired military members of many ranks and civilians of diverse professions are involved in the CVP and represent a strong cross-section of the community. While many volunteers have joined the CVP because of their  interest in hunting and fishing on Base, the program has a variety of projects for anyone attracted to the camaraderie that can be found through a shared interest in nature. Volunteers are assigned projects and are supervised by Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (NREA) staff members. Individuals 14+ years and groups are encouraged to apply.

CVP members have been involved in the following projects and more:

 

  • Helped with wildlife surveys and ecosystem research
  • Constructed wildlife viewing platforms, information kiosks, fishing areas, boat docks, trail bridges, an archery site, waterfowl hunting blinds, and wheelchair accessible hunting and fishing facilities
  • Provided hunter education courses and helped NREA operate the Game Check Station
  • Guided hunting trips for disabled veterans/Wounded Warriors
  • Collected litter to keep the base clean and habitat healthy
  • Cleared roads and trails for access into training areas
  • Planted native wildlife food sources and soil erosion control
  • Installed fish habitat and conducted water quality surveys
  • Supported cultural resource/historical research ‚Äč

 

 

To express your interest in joining the CVP, please fill out this online interest form. Alternatively, you can complete this pdf application form and submit to aantram@vt.edu. For more information or questions about the Conservation Volunteer Program, call Alex Antram, CVP Coordinator, at 703-784-5383.

 

Conservation Volunteer Program Procedures