VOF announces $3.6 million for forest conservation in Southwest Virginia

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) today announced $3,629,710 in grants to support seven on-the-ground projects that protect and restore forests in Giles, Roanoke, Montgomery, Botetourt, Rockbridge, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties. Several of the projects will also create new opportunities for outdoor recreation and education in their communities. These grants were awarded from the Forest CORE […]

VOF establishes committee to engage community in House Mountain management

At its June 25 meeting in Warrenton, Va., the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to establish a House Mountain Committee to provide a continuing forum for community input in the management of VOF’s 876-acre House Mountain Reserve in Rockbridge County. VOF acquired the property on behalf of the Commonwealth in 1989. A […]

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. […]

VOF, NRCS Partner to Protect Family Dairy in Rockbridge County

By Barbara Bowen, NRCS “When milk prices tanked, nobody saw it coming. Instead of using the money to better the farm, we are now using it to buy the farm.” That simple statement from Rockbridge County dairy owner Linda Leech summarizes the positive impact conservation easements can have on farm families. Offered through a partnership […]