VOF trustees adopt interim easement guidelines, expand PTF eligibility

At its September 24 meeting, the VOF board of trustees voted on several policy matters affecting landowners who want to donate open-space easements in 2016. One such matter was the adoption of interim easement guidelines as VOF considers and accepts public comments for a more thorough
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VOF Board updates fee schedule, expands financial assistance

To sustain the programs necessary to achieving Virginia’s land conservation goals, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted June 25, 2015 to approve a fee schedule that includes several new fees, adjustments to existing fees, and stewardship endowments for purchased
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VOF establishes committee to engage community in House Mountain management

At its June 25 meeting in Warrenton, Va., the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to establish a House Mountain Committee to provide a continuing forum for community input in the management of VOF’s 876-acre House Mountain Reserve in Rockbridge County. V
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VOF’s first easement in Norfolk protects a cultural and natural gem

For more than 75 years, the Hermitage Foundation has been cultivating art in the City of Norfolk through its collections, exhibitions, and classes. With its museum, studio, gardens, trails, public playground, and acres of undeveloped green space surrounded on three sides by the Lafaye
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Shenandoah easement donor: “We’re going to take care of the land”

In the middle of Shenandoah County, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, on the western banks of the Shenandoah River, is the town of Woodstock. With main thoroughfares like Water Street and Spring Street, an amateur baseball team called the River Bandits, and Seven Bends State Park
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VOF welcomes new ranger to Bull Run Mountains preserve

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has hired a new ranger to assist visitors, perform maintenance, and manage day-to-day activities at the 2,350-acre Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve along the Fauquier-Prince William county border. Robert Stuart, a Shenandoah County native who s
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation Protected 27,300 Acres in 2014

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation permanently protected 27,300 acres of farmland, forests, and other open space through 125 conservation easements in 2014. For the second consecutive year, the largest region for newly protected acreage was Virginia’s Southside, where VOF recorded
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Portion of Bull Run Mountains to be closed for recovery and restoration

The High Point cliff area on the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve will be closed for an indefinite period of recovery and restoration starting January 15, 2015. The cliff area at High Point is a particularly fragile and significant natural community known as a Pine-Oak / Heath
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Survey finds VOF easements largely protecting working farms and forestland

A new survey of 631 landowners who granted conservation easements to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) since 2000 reveals that landowners are primarily managing those lands for agricultural production and/or forestry, and that they are reinvesting many of the tax credits they rec
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November 6 board meeting relocated to Capitol Square

Note: This post was updated on October 31, 2014. In response to growing public interest, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s scheduled November 6 Board of Trustees meeting has been relocated to Senate Room A in the General Assembly Building at Capitol Square in Richmond. Details
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