Citizens express concerns about VOF mineral policies at forum

About 80 people attended a VOF-sponsored forum in Fredericksburg on March 13 to discuss the issue of natural gas extraction on conservation easements. The four-hour forum featured presentations from the Shenandoah Valley network, Virginia Petroleum Council, and Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy. Nearly two hours were devoted to questions and comments from the public, including several environmental […]

VOF’s response to the Virginian-Pilot editorial, “Conservation, Not Fracking”

Editor’s note: This piece was published in the February 3, 2014 print edition of the Virginian-Pilot, in response to the paper’s criticism of VOF’s policies about oil and gas extraction on conservation easements. In its January 27 editorial “Conservation, Not Fracking,” the Virginian-Pilot asserted that two years ago the Virginia Outdoors Foundation “changed its easement […]

56,697 acres of open space protected by VOF in 2013

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation conserved 56,697 new acres of open space in 2013 — its fourth-greatest year ever. VOF recorded nearly 200 easements in 62 localities, including a 7,312-acre easement in Halifax County that protects one of the largest contiguous private properties in Virginia east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The property has nearly 10 […]

VOF protects 700,000th acre with easement on New Kent farm

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation recently protected its 700,000th acre of open space thanks to a conservation easement donated on a 116-acre Bicentennial Farm in New Kent County. It’s VOF’s second easement in New Kent County. The other easement is on Crawfords State Forest. Silver Hall Farm has been owned and operated by the Binns family […]

Craun Farm, Augusta County

Jim Craun celebrated a 100th birthday in June. Not his—his barn’s. The barn is one of several buildings that Mr. Craun has restored on his family’s 165-acre farm in Augusta County. The cavernous interior is barely enough to contain his memories of summers spent working there as a boy, when his grandparents owned the place. […]

Dig this: Archaeology workshop coming to the Bull Run Mountains in October

In celebration of Virginia Archaeology Month, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and Fauquier County will sponsor an archaeology workshop for the public on October 11-12 in northern Fauquier County. Join us to learn more about archaeological sites and archaeological site stewardship.  Mike Barber, state archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will speak about the […]

Preserving the Jordan

Rappahannock is a small county with a big penchant for preservation. Of its 170,825 acres, roughly 35 percent, or 60,000 acres, are protected—half in Shenandoah National Park and half in conservation easements on private land, mostly held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. About 6,700 of VOF’s easement acres lie within the Jordan River watershed. From […]

VOF designates new Special Project Area in Rockbridge, Botetourt

At its June 26 Board of Trustees meeting, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation approved the designation of a new Special Project Area in Rockbridge and Botetourt counties. The Buffalo Creek-Purgatory Mountain Special Project Area encompasses 178,800 acres bordered on the west by the George Washington National Forest and on the east by the Blue Ridge Parkway. […]

White House Farm Foundation, Page County

In 1760, about 30 years before construction began on the White House in the District of Columbia, a Mennonite settler named Martin Kauffman II built his own little White House in Page County, Virginia. Kauffman constructed the building as a residence and Mennonite meeting house, locating it at the foot of the Massanutten Mountains, along […]