Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Cabinet members and other state officials visited Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston on May 5 to plant a chestnut tree as part of the Virginia Treasures initiative, a program by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to identify, protect and preserve treasures of Virginia.

The tree and a plaque will be displayed as a way to explain the significance that the chestnut could have in future forest development.

McAuliffe also presented a framed letter to the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, thanking them for 20 years of service to the park. McAuliffe acknowledged that the friends have contributed 63,200 hours of volunteer work in environmental education as well as conservation, recreation and cultural and historical programs.