Healthy Land and Wildlife

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Healthy Land

Ensuring our soil is free of pollutants and our land is free of litter is vital to total environmental health. Chesterfield works hard to provide residents with the resources they need to make sure their own land is healthy and thriving, prevent dangerous land pollutants from entering our waterways and help organize community clean-up efforts to keep the county beautiful.

Cooperative Extension (Parks and Recreation)

Interested in making your home and garden more sustainable? Chesterfield Cooperative Extension leads a Sustainable Landscaping series teaching homeowners how to work with nature no matter where they live.

Worried about the quality of your lawn or need help testing your soil? Cooperative Extension has put together a Lawn Care & Soil Testing FAQ and resource guide to help.

Chesterfield master gardeners are also available to visit your property and answer site-specific questions. For more information about the Learn Your Landscape program.

Environmental Engineering

Our Environmental Engineering department is responsible for many environmental initiatives, including ensuring the health of our county’s soil and land. Watch a video on the department to learn about erosion and sediment control.

Community Enhancement

To get involved in Chesterfield’s efforts to keep the county clean, learn more about volunteering for our Community Clean-Up Events.

Is there a spot in your neighborhood that could use a clean-up? Volunteers for Community Enhancement’s Adopt-A-Spot program take ownership of  smaller areas in need like parks, lots, streets or walkways, beautifying their neighborhood while the county provides garbage bags and reflective vests. 

General Services

General Services provides day-to-day preventative maintenance, repairs and major maintenance upgrades at many historical sites, including the 1917 Courthouse, Magnolia Grange, Castlewood plantation house, the County Museum and the 1892 Jail. Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia provide many opportunities to explore local history.

Located on the Chesterfield Courthouse Green, the Nunnally Oak was planted by Lawson Nunnally in 1814, making the tree over 200 years old. Find out more about how the Department of General Services cares for this piece of living history.

Parks and Recreation

Our Parks and Recreation department manages over 1,700 acres in five conservation areas. Visit one of these areas to enjoy Chesterfield’s preserved environmental and historical resources.

Parks and Recreation also works to monitor county vernal pools, identify and manage wildflower data, oversee 92 miles of riverfront on the Appomattox and James rivers, help oversee trash clean-up at park sites and more. Read about those Parks and Recreation efforts.

Chesterfield’s park system has benefited greatly from partial and total land donations at dozens of sites. Learn more from Parks and Recreation about those donations.

Located in the heart of Chesterfield County, Pocahontas State Park offers 7,919 acres of nature to explore. Boat, hike, camp, learn about nature and so much more at Pocahontas State Park.

Healthy Wildlife

Wildlife is a vital part of Earth’s ecosystem. Plants and animals play an important role in maintaining the delicate balance of nature. Protecting their natural habitats is beneficial to humans as it enriches our planet and raises awareness of the need to conserve natural resources. Here’s how Chesterfield is working to keep our wildlife safe and protected.

Cooperative Extension (Parks and Recreation)

Each year, the Chesterfield County master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension work with community partners to host Bumblebee Jamboree, an event dedicated to pollinator conservation. Watch a video and learn more about activities from past events.

Like bumblebees, butterflies contribute to our ecosystem as pollinators. To attract Monarch butterflies to our area during their annual migration, we planted milkweed at North Courthouse Road Library. To learn more about Monarch butterflies, milkweed and how you can become involved in conservation efforts, visit Monarch Watch.

Parks and Recreation

Our Parks and Recreation works hard to ensure the safety of wildlife throughout Chesterfield, including monitoring bird nesting boxes and partnering with local bird conservation groups. View Parks and Recreation’s environmental stewardship page to read more.