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10/28/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/28/2021 08:05

The Department of Conservation and Recreation Announces Land Conservation Grants to Protect 8,000 Acres

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 28, 2021
Contact: Dave Neudeck, Communications and Marketing Director, 804-786-5053, [email protected]

The Department of Conservation and Recreation Announces Land Conservation Grants to Protect 8,000 Acres

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RICHMOND-The Department of Conservation and Recreation today announced $7.5 million in Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) grants, which will fund 30 conservation projects and protect 8,000 acres of land across the commonwealth.

Private land trusts, local governments and state agencies will use the VLCF grants to acquire and protect significant lands in the following categories: farmland, forestry, historic resources, natural areas, and parks and open space. The grant selection process incorporates ConserveVirginia, the commonwealth's innovative land conservation strategy that is based on "smart map" technology.

"The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation grants program helps protect our most important natural resources and provide more access to the great outdoors for everyone to enjoy," said Governor Northam. "Through ConserveVirginia, we're making sure we prioritize protecting lands that bring the most benefit, addressing historic inequalities, and widening our public land program into new areas. Each one of these grants is an opportunity to protect public space in our local communities."

"From working farms to forests, historic cultural treasures, natural area preserves and other open spaces, the latest round of Virginia Land Conservation Foundation grants will protect a wide variety of lands throughout the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Ann Jennings, who serves as chair of the 19-member VLCF board that votes on the grants. "These funded projects meet high standards to help provide clean water to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to restore the Chesapeake Bay."

An interagency workgroup reviewed and scored grant applications and made recommendations for funding to the board, which approved the awards on Oct. 27. The Department of Conservation and Recreation provides administrative support to the VLCF through the state Office of Land Conservation.

"These awarded projects demonstrate significant progress toward achieving the Commonwealth's land conservation goals," said Department of Conservation and Recreation Director Clyde E. Cristman. "As the statewide clearinghouse for land conservation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and our partner agencies work to ensure the competitive grant process provides the greatest positive impact across the Commonwealth."

This was the third round of awards approved by the VLCF board in 2021. A total of $3.4 million in grants was approved Feb. 5 and another $4.8 million was approved on June 10.

The following table gives the VLCF funding amount (not the total project cost) for the projects in the five categories.

Farmlands Preservation

Project name

Location Requesting organization Grant amount Description

Forkland Dairy

Cumberland County

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

$500,000

Conservation easement to protect a 920-acre farm.

Thomas Neck Family Farm

Essex County

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

$879,750

Conservation easement to protect 841 acres of farm and forest lands.

Kevin Jones Farm (Phase II)

Stafford County

Stafford County

$120,250

Conservation easement to protect a 70-acre historic farm.

Forest Preservation

Project name

Location Requesting Organization Grant Amount Description

Pierces Lowgrounds

Greensville County

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

$350,000

Open-space easement to protect 2,860 acres of forest and farmland.

Roanoke River Working Forest

Charlotte County

The Conservation Fund

$464,000

Conservation easement to protect 932 acres of forestland next to a new forest.

Over the River and Point Beach

Southampton County

Department of Forestry

$225,000

Conservation easement to protect 322 riverfront acres including a bottomland peninsula.

Poplar Hollow

Shenandoah County

Department of Forestry

$300,000

Conservation easement to protect 611 acres next to a forest.

Caroline Diamonds

Caroline County

Meadowview Biological Research Station Inc.

$161,000

Acquisition and conservation of 96 acres of a rare gravel bog and oak barren uplands.

Historic Preservation

Project name

Location

Requesting organization

Grant amount

Description

Siegen Forest

Orange County

The Germanna Foundation

$647,370

Conservation easement to protect 170 acres of the Wilderness Battlefield with 19th century archeological artifacts.

Campbell's Bridge Mills

Chesterfield County

Capital Region Land Conservancy

$375,000

Acquisition and conservation of 5 acres with historic resources at Campbell's Bridge.

CCTSC Restoration Project

Campbell County

Campbell County Training School Complex, Inc.

$69,075

Conservation easement to protect a 9-acre property with four historic buildings.

Pegram's Battery Tract at Cedar Mountain

Culpeper County

American Battlefield Trust

$249,876

Acquisition and conservation of 45-acre Pegram's Battery Tract in the Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Edwards

Rockingham County

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

$158,679

Acquisition and conservation of 107 acres of high ground in the Battle of Port Republic.

Natural Areas Protection

Project name

Location

Requesting organization

Grant amount

Description

Difficult Creek South Addition

Halifax County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$30,000

Acquisition of a 2-acre addition to the natural area preserve that will connect with a significant 7,300-acre protected site.

Pedlar Hills Glades Natural Area Preserve Addition

Montgomery County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$515,000

Acquisition of a 156-acre addition to the natural area preserve to protect rare species habitats and rare woodland natural communities.

Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve Land Donation

Rockingham County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$20,000

Acquisition of a 1-acre addition to the natural area preserve that supports mature forests.

Dendron Swamp Natural Area Preserve Addition

Sussex County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$300,000

Acquisition of a 102-acre addition to the natural area preserve to protect a Bald Cypress - Water Tupelo Brownwater Swamp community.

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve -Northeast Addition

Roanoke County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$236,847

Acquisition of a 77-acre addition to the natural area preserve to protect habitat for the globally rare piratebush (Buckleya distichophylla) and buffer for prescribed fire management needed to maintain the preserve.

Chestnut Creek Wetlands Natural Area Preserve Addition

Floyd County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$165,000

Acquisition of an 11-acre addition to the natural area preserve to protect habitat for two endangered animals and a globally rare plant.

Difficult Creek North Addition

Halifax County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$50,153

Acquisition of a 1-acre addition to the natural area preserve to enable prescribed fire management needed to maintain the preserve.

The Cedars Natural Area Preserve Powell River Addition

Lee County

Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Division

$50,000

Acquisition of a 205-acre addition to the natural area preserve to protect habitats for newly discovered, significantly rare plant species and for rare mussels, fish and aquatic species.

Pinnacle State Natural Area Expansion - Weaver Creek

Russell County

The Nature Conservancy

$133,000

Acquisition of a 92-acre addition to the natural area preserve including a riparian corridor along a significant tributary to the Clinch River.

Open Space and Parks

Project name

Location

Requesting organization

Grant amount

Description

Copper Creek Initiative

Scott County

Department of Wildlife Resources

$100,000

Acquisition of 8 acres at Copper Creek and the Clinch River for new public fishing and boating access.

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah

City of Lynchburg

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

$250,000

Conservation easement on 42 acres to protect urban forest and recreational programs.

Eleanor Park Conservation Easement

Town of Colonial Beach

Town of Colonial Beach

$387,416

Conservation easement to protect green space with mature hardwood trees along the Potomac River.

The Green at the Science Museum of Virginia

City of Richmond

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

$250,000

Acquisition of 5 acres to turn a parking lot into an urban park and sustainable landscape.

Brander Street

City of Richmond

Capital Region Land Conservancy

$150,000

Acquisition and easement to protect 6 acres next to Ancarrow's Landing and across from Great Shiplock Park. The path of the Richmond Slave Trail crosses the property.

Basic Park - Natural Area

City of Waynesboro

City of Waynesboro

$87,500

Acquisition of 44 acres to provide public access to forest trails and river fishing and to protect buffers along the South River and Steele Run.

Brush Mountain Park - Edison Property Expansion

Town of Blacksburg

Town of Blacksburg

$210,000

Acquisition and easement to protect 207 acres of richly biodiverse forest habitat to become part of the Brush Mountain Park system, linking to a Jefferson National Forest trail system.

Ballenger Creek Nature Preserve

Fluvanna County

Tadpole Land and Trail Conservancy

$65,084

Acquisition and easement of 73 acres of forest along Ballenger Creek for public access and trails.

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