October 10, 2018: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order on Thursday, October 4, 2018, that creates the Governor’s Conservation Cabinet, a new initiative designed to protect Virginia’s natural resources and improve environmental quality across the state, and Matthew J. Strickler, the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, has been appointed as the Chairman of the office. “Members of the Conservation Cabinet will include the Secretaries of Agriculture and Forestry, Commerce and Trade, Finance, Natural Resources, and Transportation,” according to a statement from the Governor’s Office. “Working with experts and stakeholders, they will create a roadmap that addresses how agriculture and forestry, transportation and municipal infrastructure, energy use and development, and outdoor recreation and tourism interact with our land, air, water, and related ecosystems.” Besides Strickler, the Cabinet Members are: Bettina Ring, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Finance; Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation; and Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education, and Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Qarni and Carey were appointed as ex officio Members.