VOF announces new grant program, seeks proposals for forest conservation

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has created a new program that will administer funds derived from legal and regulatory actions that result from impairment to Virginia’s natural resources. The need for the program arose following mitigation agreements between the Commonwealth of
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VOF seeking input for development of new grant initiative

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) Board of Trustees will meet on August 22 at Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville to consider draft criteria and guidelines for a new grant initiative being administered by VOF on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The initiative is funded b
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Bull Run Mountains NAP is open for 2018

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has re-opened the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve in Fauquier and Prince William counties for the 2018 season. The preserve hours of operation are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The High Point cliff area,
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VOF protected 23,446 acres of open space in 2017

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) recorded 75 new conservation easements in 2017, protecting 23,446 acres of open space for farming, forestry, and recreation in 47 localities. Conservation easements are voluntary agreements between landowners and qualified government or nonprofit
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Updated: VOF goes to bat for conservation on several electric transmission projects

As utility companies expand and upgrade Virginia’s electrical grid, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation has been involved in the review of upgrade projects to determine and mitigate any potential impacts to existing VOF open-space easements. In several recent cases, VOF has helped to inf
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VOF sets planning in motion for Hayfields property in Highland County

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has initiated planning for the 1,034-acre Hayfields Farm in Highland County, which is being acquired by VOF following a three-year process in which Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC sought conversion of open space on 10 VOF easements for a p
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VOF announces grant opportunity for easements that include public access

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is seeking proposals for open-space easements that would result in new outdoor recreation and education opportunities for the public, especially in cities and towns where such opportunities are lacking. To help fund the acquisition of easements, VOF ha
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VOF trustees approve ACP and MVP conversion applications at Oct. 16 public meeting

At a special public meeting in Richmond on October 16, 2017, the board of trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation unanimously approved applications for “conversion of open space” by two natural gas pipeline developers that propose to cross 11 VOF open-space easements in five coun
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Updated: Special board meeting scheduled to complete review of pipeline conversion applications

Update: Both Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline have submitted revised conversion applications, which they describe as reducing the overall proposed impact to VOF easements. The revised applications, along with VOF’s staff reports, may be downloaded from the Oc
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VOF defers decision on MVP conversion application, supports FERC recommendation on access road

Update (7/26/2017): On July, 21 2017 MVP, LLC submitted an appeal to FERC on condition #16 of the FEIS, which would have required MVP, LLC to avoid the access road MVP-RO-279.01 on the VOF easement referenced below. VOF staff will continue to work with our Board of Trustees on the app
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