Portrait of a Steward: Matthew Heldreth

Matthew Heldreth’s ancestors have been farming in Rural Retreat for four generations, but the farm’s future was in jeopardy when his father died of cancer in 2008, placing responsibility for the farm’s debts on Matthew just as he was starting college. Thanks in part to the
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VOF board to consider pipeline “conversion” applications at September meeting

Note: Please read an update to this story here. Two natural gas pipeline projects in Virginia — Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) — are planning to present applications for conversion of protected open space on 11 Virginia Outdoors Foundation
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Portrait of a Steward: Jake Cutchin

For more than a century Jake Cutchin and his ancestors have worked the soil on Shady Grove Farm near the small Suffolk town of Holland. In 2012, he protected the property’s conservation values by donating an easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. This video is the second
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Portrait of a Steward: Dorothy-Lee Rosen

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2016, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation will be publishing a series of video vignettes featuring landowners who have protected their land with VOF easements. Our first vignette features Dorothy-Lee B. Rosen of Mount Crawford, who protected
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Proposed ACP changes may intersect VOF easements

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation recently learned of proposed changes to the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that indicate new possible intersections with VOF easements in the Shenandoah Valley. VOF staff has scheduled meetings with ACP staff to determine the specifics of t
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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 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’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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Nottoway Farm & Forest Conservation Seminar

Join us for presentations and lunch, courtesy of Nottoway Farm Bureau, as we discuss voluntary programs in Virginia that help landowners protect working farms and forests. Topics will include: Easements and associated tax benefits Cost-share conservation opportunities Planning for far
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