Bath County farmer protects 315 acres along two miles of Back Creek

Ed Cook was just a boy when he fell in love with the Bath County farm he now owns. Back then, the property belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Law, who had owned it for 50 years. The young Cook admired the land and dreamed of one day owning a property like it. In 1949, he went into the military
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Historic B&B uses land preservation tax credits to go solar

Oak Grove Plantation, a bed & breakfast just outside South Boston in Halifax County, works hard to minimize its environmental footprint. Some of the steps it has taken include recycling, composting, installing energy-efficient storm windows, offering optional linen service, drying
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VOF forms partnership with Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico

The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico (CTPR) is similar to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in many ways. Both were established more than 40 years ago, and both serve citizens who revere their natural and cultural heritage and are concerned about development pressure. A big difference
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VOF protected 26,375 acres of open space in 2012

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The Virginia Outdoors Foundation permanently protected 26,375 acres of open space through 127 conservation easements in 2012 — a rate of more than three acres every hour. “I applaud the efforts of the Virginia Outdoor Foundation and VOF Board Chairman, Charles Seilheimer,&
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106-acre farm in Pulaski County donated to VOF

Margaret Virginia Smith was just 19 years old when her father passed away in 1944, leaving her with the family farm and instructions to “provide for your mother for her natural life.” By that time, the Pulaski County farm had already been reduced from 300-plus acres to little more tha
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Middlesex easement saves family farm, protects seven miles of tidal shoreline

Originally released through the Office of the Governor Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that one of the largest waterfront farms along the lower tidal Rappahannock River has been permanently protected from development by a conservation easement produced through a partnership of
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Preservation at Milepost 25

View of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Skylark Farm in Nelson County.
Little has changed about the Blue Ridge Parkway since Craig Colberg first visited it in the 1950s. “My parents drove me on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway when I was just probably 10 years old, and I’ve never forgotten it,” he says. “The beauty of the overlooks, the stonework
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation Protected 39,000 Acres of Open Space in 2011

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation permanently protected 39,000 acres of open space through 215 conservation easements in 2011, or roughly four acres every hour. That is a 50-percent increase from 2010. VOF recorded easements in 66 localities, including its first easement in Mecklenburg
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New Report Shows VA Leading Southeast in Voluntary Land Conservation

A new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Land Trust Alliance reveals that land trusts in Virginia conserved more land between 2005 and 2010 than any other state in the Southeast. The 2010 National Land Trust Census includes statistics from private nonprofit land trusts, as well as
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VOF assists Northampton County with 172-acre PDR easement

From Pete Henderson, Northampton County PDR Committee chair  Northampton County protected a second working farm last week through its Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program, with the acquisition of a conservation easement on Nottingham Farm near Franktown. Cousins Butch and Add
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