VOF allocates $548,000 for public access projects

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is directing $548,000 from its Open-Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund (PTF) to facilitate the acquisition of four open-space easements that will increase public access to natural areas. The projects are located in the cities of Richmond and Suffolk and the counties of Gloucester and Culpeper. Open-space easements are voluntary agreements between […]

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 […]

Pulaski County easement will provide key linkages in New River Valley greenway

An 11-acre easement funded by VOF’s Preservation Trust Fund and the Virginia Land Conservation Fund will connect the county’s new greenway to the fishing, boating and wildlife viewing possibilities on the banks of the river, and link a series of existing trails across the region.

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’s first easement in Norfolk protects a cultural and natural gem

With its museum, studio, gardens, trails, public playground, and frontage on the Lafayette River, the Hermitage Foundation has provided an opportunity for thousands of families to connect with nature in one of Virginia’s most developed regions. That opportunity is now preserved for generations to come.

Portion of Bull Run Mountains to be closed for recovery and restoration

The High Point cliff area on the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve will be closed for an indefinite period of recovery and restoration starting January 15, 2015. The cliff area at High Point is a particularly fragile and significant natural community known as a Pine-Oak / Heath Woodland. Both the vegetation and the geological […]

City of Radford, VOF Partner to Protect Wildwood Park

Over the centuries, Wildwood Park in downtown Radford has been a Native American burial ground, a saltpeter mine, the site of a Civil War battle, and the city’s first park. Today, it contains a city greenway for recreation and nature study, with biking and hiking trails, marshes, meadows, limestone cliffs, and numerous rare species. Now, […]

State’s Largest Easement Completed on Carvins Cove

The City of Roanoke has completed the donation of a two-part conservation easement in Roanoke and Botetourt counties that permanently protects 11,363 acres of open space, making it the largest easement in the state. The first part, comprising 6,185 acres, was placed under easement in 2008; the remaining 5,178 acres were placed under easement last […]

VOF Finalizes 5,000-Acre Smith Mountain Easement

Nearly 5,000 acres of scenic Smith Mountain in Bedford and Pittsylvania counties are now permanently protected, thanks to the recordation of a conservation easement donated to the Commonwealth by Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP). The easement is being co-held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) and the Virginia Department of Game […]