VOF Protects 600,000th Acre; Adds 25,185 Acres in 2010

A century-old family farm in southern Pittsylvania County has become home to the 600,000th acre protected by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), Virginia’s largest land conservation organization, VOF Executive Director Bob Lee announced today. Hill View Farm’s owners,
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VOF, NRCS Partner to Protect Family Dairy in Rockbridge County

By Barbara Bowen, NRCS “When milk prices tanked, nobody saw it coming. Instead of using the money to better the farm, we are now using it to buy the farm.” That simple statement from Rockbridge County dairy owner Linda Leech summarizes the positive impact conservation ease
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City of Radford, VOF Partner to Protect Wildwood Park

Over the centuries, Wildwood Park in downtown Radford has been a Native American burial ground, a saltpeter mine, the site of a Civil War battle, and the city’s first park. Today, it contains a city greenway for recreation and nature study, with biking and hiking trails, marshes
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Botetourt County Birding Hot Spot Protected by Easement

One of the most popular places for bird-watching in Botetourt County has been permanently protected from development, thanks to a conservation easement donated by the property’s owner to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. The 106-acre tract, owned by Barry Kinzie, is located alon
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VOF Records Its First Easement in Isle of Wight County

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has helped to preserve a wildlife-rich cypress swamp in Isle of Wight County, thanks to a conservation easement recorded late last week. It is the first easement in Isle of Wight County for VOF, which now protects land in all but four Virginia co
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VOF Protected 55,000 Acres in 2009

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation permanently protected 55,000 acres across 61 localities through conservation easements in 2009, making it the fourth straight year that VOF protected more than 50,000 acres. “VOF now protects 580,000 acres across 102 cities and counties—an area three t
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State’s Largest Easement Completed on Carvins Cove

The City of Roanoke has completed the donation of a two-part conservation easement in Roanoke and Botetourt counties that permanently protects 11,363 acres of open space, making it the largest easement in the state. The first part, comprising 6,185 acres, was placed under easement in
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More than 700 Acres of Historic Land Protected at James Madison’s Montpelier

More than 700 acres of land at James Madison’s Montpelier, the home of the Father of the Constitution in Orange County, was permanently protected today through a unique public-private partnership. The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) worked with the Virginia Outdoors Foundat
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Historic Ingles Ferry Farm Permanently Protected

Ingles Ferry Farm, one of Southwest Virginia’s most significant historical sites, is now fully and forever protected. The property’s three owners, all direct descendants of pioneer heroine Mary Draper Ingles, have donated a permanent conservation easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foun
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VOF Finalizes 5,000-Acre Smith Mountain Easement

Nearly 5,000 acres of scenic Smith Mountain in Bedford and Pittsylvania counties are now permanently protected, thanks to the recordation of a conservation easement donated to the Commonwealth by Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP). The easement is being c
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