Natural Landscapes

​​​​Sand Dunes

Sand dunes are a natural storm barrier and provide a foundation for ecosystems made up of a wide variety of coastal plant and animal life. Click here to learn more about sand dunes.

Urban Forestry

The urban forest of Virginia Beach consists of every single tree in the city on both public and private property. The benefits of a strong urban forest include cleaner air and water, cooler temperatures, and energy savings. To manage our urban forest, Virginia Beach adopted the Urban Forest Management Plan in 2014.


Wetlands are the transition area between aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and are primary low, marshy areas with soils that support unique plant and animal life. Click here​​ to learn more about the benefits of wetlands.​​

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