21,000 new acres of open space protected by VOF in 2015

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation permanently protected 21,800 acres of farmland, forests, and other open space through 100 conservation easements in 2015. VOF now protects just under 780,000 acres across the Commonwealth. VOF protected new acreage in 49 different localities. Lunenburg
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VOF kicks off 50th anniversary with “50 Years, 50 Stories” story map

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2016, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation will be featuring a different conservation success story from its past every week on its website at virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org/50stories. The “50 Years, 50 Stories” project combines photos, stori
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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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