This week we basically finished the process of putting another conservation easement on the rural land that we own. In April of 2006, we bought 120 acres on Sinking Creek in Craig County, Virginia and immediately after purchasing the land contacted the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) to put an easement on the land.
In November of that year, we purchased a 20-acre tract that adjoins the 120 acres, so that the viewshed would be protected and the 20 acres would not be developed. The purchase was also part of our "good fences make good neighbors policy," meaning, in this case, no neighbors no need for fences.
For the past few years we have talked about the need to place those 20 acres under easement and this year we finally did so. As usual, working with the VOF and the Western Virginia Land Trust was a pleasurable experience.
As a couple who enjoys the outdoor experience, we strongly recommend conservation easements as a way to protect rural America from development. Land trusts exist in every state on the local, regional, and statewide levels.
Here are some helpful sites.