56,697 acres of open space protected by VOF in 2013

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation conserved 56,697 new acres of open space in 2013 — its fourth-greatest year ever. VOF recorded nearly 200 easements in 62 localities, including a 7,312-acre easement in Halifax County that protects one of the largest contiguous private properties
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VOF protects 700,000th acre with easement on New Kent farm

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation recently protected its 700,000th acre of open space thanks to a conservation easement donated on a 116-acre Bicentennial Farm in New Kent County. It’s VOF’s second easement in New Kent County. The other easement is on Crawfords State Forest. Silver Hal
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Easement Spotlight: Craun Farm, Augusta County

Jim Craun celebrated a 100th birthday in June. Not his—his barn’s. The barn is one of several buildings that Mr. Craun has restored on his family’s 165-acre farm in Augusta County. The cavernous interior is barely enough to contain his memories of summers spent working there as a boy,
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Dig this: Archaeology workshop coming to the Bull Run Mountains in October

In celebration of Virginia Archaeology Month, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and Fauquier County will sponsor an archaeology workshop for the public on October 11-12 in northern Fauquier County. Join us to learn more about archaeological sites and archaeological site stewardship.  M
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Preserving the Jordan

Rappahannock is a small county with a big penchant for preservation. Of its 170,825 acres, roughly 35 percent, or 60,000 acres, are protected—half in Shenandoah National Park and half in conservation easements on private land, mostly held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. About 6,7
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VOF designates new Special Project Area in Rockbridge, Botetourt

At its June 26 Board of Trustees meeting, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation approved the designation of a new Special Project Area in Rockbridge and Botetourt counties. The Buffalo Creek-Purgatory Mountain Special Project Area encompasses 178,800 acres bordered on the west by the Georg
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VOF announces new Executive Director effective September 1

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation, holder of more open-space easements than any land trust in the nation, has selected Brett C. Glymph, of Springfield, Va., to be the organization’s new Executive Director starting September 1, 2013. Since 2006, Glymph has worked as assistant attorney g
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White House Farm Foundation blends agriculture, education, and conservation

In 1760, about 30 years before construction began on the White House in the District of Columbia, a Mennonite settler named Martin Kauffman II built his own little White House in Page County, Virginia. Kauffman constructed the building as a residence and Mennonite meeting house, locat
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Manage your mowing to benefit wildlife

Property owners mow their fields for different reasons. Some do it simply for aesthetics. Farmers often mow to keep trees from taking over fields that may one day be used for crops. Others mow to prevent invasive weeds such as autumn olive from spreading through pastures. Whatever the
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Who built the stone house on Bull Run Mountains?

The 2,350-acre Bull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve in Fauquier and Prince William counties is well known as a treasure trove of recreational and natural resources located just 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. Less known to the public, but just as valuable, are the historic struct
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