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SnapShots: Land Protection Special Edition Newsletter

Land Protection Special Edition
From ancient forests to river islands, WVLT protects spaces with public benefits in mind!

West Virginia Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

The West Virginia Land Trust (WVLT), a statewide nonprofit land conservation group, has achieved national accreditation, a mark of distinction in land conservation.

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Join Us for a Spooky Flashlight Hike!

Bring your flashlight and spooky stories as we hike to the cemetery located in the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve!

When: Saturday, October 8
Time: 7pm
Place: Charleston
Cost: FREE
Level: Beginner / Easy

There is no cost to attend, but please register so we can plan accordingly!

Click here to register!

Needleseye Boulder Park; Oak Hill, WV

Oak Hill considers 300-acre rock climbing municipal park
(News story courtesy of Register Herald)

OAK HILL — Council moved forward on a large land conservation effort that could change the face of the city by making Oak Hill a destination for outdoor adventure tourism.

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A Ruckus in the Red Spruce: The Civil War on Cheat Mountain, 1861

Pack a picnic lunch and join us for a historical tour with Hunter Lesser, Author & Historian
When: Saturday, August 20
Time: 10am – 4pm
Place: Cheat Mountain (Huttonsville, WV)
Cost: $20
Level: Beginner / Easy
Optional lodging: Tent camping

Description: The raw beauty and natural wonders of Cheat Mountain will be on full display as we rediscover General Robert E. Lee’s first campaign of the Civil War. Aided by the letters, diaries and artifacts of soldiers and civilians, guests will explore the Cheat Mountain wilderness, the drama of war, and the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem.

Click here to register!

Hidden River Farm Forever Protected

One farmer’s dream of permanently conserving her land for agricultural use and habitat protection has been realized in collaboration with the West Virginia Land Trust. Hidden River Farm, a 110-acre working farm near the border of Randolph and Pocahontas counties, is located in the Elk River headwaters near Snowshoe. The conservation easement donated by the landowner will now be held in perpetuity by the land trust.

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West Virginia Land Trust Seeks National Accreditation

The West Virginia Land Trust is pleased to announce that it is applying for national accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. (more…)

Land Trust targets Greenbrier watershed

LEWISBURG — The fragility of drinking water sources was brought home to thousands of local consumers earlier this year when a tanker spilled diesel fuel into a tributary of Anthony Creek, which feeds into the Greenbrier River, threatening public water systems in Lewisburg and Alderson.

Consumers weren’t the only ones paying attention. The incident provided a rallying point for a West Virginia Land Trust work plan for a project dubbed the Greenbrier Watershed Initiative that had launched only a month earlier, in December […]

Read full story at The Register-Herald.

More Farmland Protected on Summers County’s Highest Mountain

Hinton, W.Va. – Coming into December, the West Virginia Land Trust was expecting to hit a mark of protecting just over 1,000 acres across the state.  It was a sizable achievement, but the cooperation of a landowner in Summers County during the final hour allowed the group to push the tally to permanently protecting 1,400 acres statewide during 2014. (more…)

West Virginia Land Trust Permanently Protects Historical Farm

Monroe County, W.Va. – More than 600 acres in Monroe County have been protected by an agreement between The West Virginia Land Trust and a family who has owned the property since 1776, the year the United States declared its independence from the British Empire.

Spring Valley Farm, an historic home and property located along U.S. Route 219 near Union, has been owned by the Dickson family since it was settled nearly 250 years ago. (more…)

Groups Aim to Improve Access to Greenbrier River Trail

Caldwell, WV – The Greenbrier River Trail Association, partnering with the West Virginia Land Trust, has purchased more than 5 acres near the Greenbrier River in order to improve public access to a rail trail managed by the West Virginia state park system. (more…)

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