VOF holds community input forum for Hayfields at Highland Center

Dozens of residents and community leaders attended a forum at the Highland Center in Monterey on October 9 to provide their thoughts on potential future uses of Hayfields Farm, a 1,034-acre property in Highland County acquired by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 2017. The forum was facilitated by Stantec, an architecture and planning firm contracted […]

Enrichmond hosting several community meetings on Evergreen project

During October, the Enrichmond Foundation will host public meetings throughout the City of Richmond to get input from family members, community leaders, volunteers, and anyone else interested in the conservation and restoration efforts at historic Evergreen Cemetery. Visit https://enrichmond.org/events/historic-evergreen-cemetery-a-community-conversation/ for dates, locations, and times. The meetings are a continuation of Enrichmond’s planning process for the property, […]

VOF announces new grant program, seeks proposals for forest conservation

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has created a new program that will administer funds derived from legal and regulatory actions that result from impairment to Virginia’s natural resources. The need for the program arose following mitigation agreements between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the developers of two natural gas pipelines — Atlantic Coast Pipeline and […]

Bull Run Mountains NAP is open for 2018

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has re-opened the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve in Fauquier and Prince William counties for the 2018 season. The preserve hours of operation are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The High Point cliff area, which is private property and has been closed by the landowner since January 2015, […]

Updated: VOF goes to bat for conservation on several electric transmission projects

As utility companies expand and upgrade Virginia’s electrical grid, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation has been involved in the review of upgrade projects to determine and mitigate any potential impacts to existing VOF open-space easements. In several recent cases, VOF has helped to influence the eventual design of a project to reduce and minimize impacts to […]

VOF sets planning in motion for Hayfields property in Highland County

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has initiated planning for the 1,034-acre Hayfields Farm in Highland County, which is being acquired by VOF following a three-year process in which Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC sought conversion of open space on 10 VOF easements for a proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline. Dominion Energy, the lead developer of the pipeline, was […]

VOF announces grant opportunity for easements that include public access

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is seeking proposals for open-space easements that would result in new outdoor recreation and education opportunities for the public, especially in cities and towns where such opportunities are lacking. To help fund the acquisition of easements, VOF has allocated approximately $600,000 from its Open Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund. These funds […]

VOF trustees approve ACP and MVP conversion applications at Oct. 16 public meeting

At a special public meeting in Richmond on October 16, 2017, the board of trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation unanimously approved applications for “conversion of open space” by two natural gas pipeline developers that propose to cross 11 VOF open-space easements in five counties. VOF first learned about the two pipelines in 2014. The Atlantic Coast […]