Updated: Special board meeting scheduled to complete review of pipeline conversion applications

Update: Both Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline have submitted revised conversion applications, which they describe as reducing the overall proposed impact to VOF easements. The revised applications, along with VOF’s staff reports, may be downloaded from the October 16 meeting page on our calendar. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has scheduled a special […]

VOF defers decision on MVP conversion application, supports FERC recommendation on access road

Update (7/26/2017): On July, 21 2017 MVP, LLC submitted an appeal to FERC on condition #16 of the FEIS, which would have required MVP, LLC to avoid the access road MVP-RO-279.01 on the VOF easement referenced below. VOF staff will continue to work with our Board of Trustees on the appropriate next steps. At its […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline applies for conversion on Roanoke County easement

The developer of a proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline in southwestern Virginia has applied for conversion of 0.62 acres on a 590-acre open-space easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation along the border of Roanoke and Montgomery counties.   The application, submitted by Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in June and available for download here, will […]

Explore VOF’s conserved lands online with interactive Map Room

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is excited to announce a new Map Room feature available through our website. The Map Room, which is hosted by ESRI at http://vof.maps.arcgis.com, functions as a central portal for online maps and GIS data, and is intended to further the public’s appreciation of where we work, provide easy access to our spatial […]

VOF announces spring opening, new ranger, new hours at Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is re-opening the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve on Saturday, April 15, for hiking and educational programs. The preserve hours of operation for the season are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The High Point cliff area, which is private property and has been closed since […]

VOF notifies Mountain Valley Pipeline, FERC that maintenance road would trigger conversion process on Roanoke County easement

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has notified the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), that a proposed maintenance road for the pipeline on a VOF easement in Roanoke County would be inconsistent with the terms of the easement, and would therefore need to seek conversion […]

VOF files pipeline-related staff reports with FERC

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation recently submitted staff reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) detailing the potential impacts to 10 VOF conservation easements if FERC approves the current route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The reports were produced in response to applications filed by Dominion, the pipeline’s lead developer, which is seeking “conversion” […]

VOF allocates more than $1.5M to increase open space access in 11 localities

At a meeting in Henrico County on February 9, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) board of trustees approved the allocation of more than $1.5 million from its Open Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund to help fund 11 conservation projects that would use open-space easements to increase public access for outdoor recreation and education. The projects […]

VOF board defers decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline conversion applications

At a meeting in Henrico County on February 9, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s board of trustees voted to defer a decision on applications presented by Dominion to convert open space on 10 easements that lie in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The board also directed staff to “provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission […]