As part of its effort to identify the best lands for conservation, The Blue Ridge Land conservancy is reaching out to the public. The conservancy has been in existence for 16 years; and a more proactive policy was adopted last fall. Implementation began early this year, with the organization encouraging conservation throughout the region. Last year the Virginia Outdoors Foundation preserved more than 3,550 acres in the Lynchburg area and more than 56,000 acres statewide. Now the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy is gathering feedback to develop a plan on a county-by-county basis across the region; and will soon begin to gather scientific data as part of the targeting process.