VOF to host fishing and painting events at Hayfields as planning process continues

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation will be opening Hayfields Farm in Highland County to the public for two community events in June. The first event will be a free fishing day on Saturday, June 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a portion of the one-mile stretch of the Bullpasture River
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Places That Connect: Gravely Nature Preserve, Henry County

Situated a few miles south of Martinsville on the Smith River, the 75-acre Gravely Nature Preserve has many stories to tell. One of these comes from the old tobacco barns and a family cemetery on the property, which bear witness to its 19th-century history as a tobacco plantation. Ano
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Portrait of a Steward: Wes Kent, Augusta County

Wes Kent has always had farming in his sights. “My father didn’t own a farm, but he managed one, and it’s what I always wanted to do,” he says. “Being able to feed people and produce a quality product is important to me.” Kent owns and runs Winding River Farms in Augusta County, which
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New easement in Southampton supports bat habitat, adds canoe access on the Nottoway River

Critical habitat for a threatened bat species will be preserved thanks to a new open-space easement recorded by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in Southampton County. The easement on the “Shand’s Tract,” as it’s called, was supported by $700,000 from the U.S.
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Virginia Military Institute Cadets Give Back at VOF’s House Mountain Reserve

Armed with loopers and handsaws, cadets from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) helped to clear a section of trail in VOF’s 875-acre House Mountain Reserve last week as part of their spring field training exercises. The trail has become clogged with mountain laurel, rhododendron branch
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VOF opens 2019 RFP for Forest CORE Fund grants

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is accepting proposals for the second round of grants for the Forest CORE Fund covering the Mountain Valley Pipeline region. This round seeks to disburse $3 million to offset forest fragmentation caused by pipeline construction. The request for p
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Places That Connect: Rust Nature Sanctuary, Loudoun County

When she decided to place her home and its 63 acres of forest and meadow under easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1994, Margaret Rust was beginning to feel surrounded. The town of Leesburg had recently built houses near her property line to the east, and a 600-lot resid
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Portrait of a Steward: Sally Johnson, Washington County

After twelve years of running her family farm, Sally Johnson still sounds surprised to be there. “It was not something I was thinking to do. When I was a teenager I couldn’t get away fast enough,” she says. When her father died and her mother needed help, however, she took over and ha
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Places That Connect: Scheier Natural Area, Fluvanna County

“We all live downstream.” It’s a popular catchphrase in conservation circles nowadays, communicating in a nutshell how our waterways connect us all. Homesteaders Howard and Neva Scheier may not have heard it put quite that way when they arrived in Virginia in the 1950s, but they knew
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