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Land Trust of Virginia secures conservation easement for 413-acre plot

Friday, Oct. 31 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+

Courtesy of Land Trust of Virginia
The Land Trust of Virginia, announced the donation of a conservation easement by Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. MacMahon on their 413-acre High Acre Farm property, within the Little River watershed in northern Fauquier County.

The property is surrounded by permanent conservation easements and is visible from Halfway Road, a Virginia Scenic Byway. Protection of the nearly 250 acres of forest land provides an important habitat for forest-dependent wildlife species, according to a release from the conservation group. The property is also within the Little River Rural Historic District and the Broad Run / Little Georgetown Historic District.

“This is a very significant easement in the heart of northern Fauquier County, one that permanently protects a large, beautiful farm with important conservation values,” said Birge Watkins, chairman of Land Trust of Virginia.

The conservation group has now permanently protected 137 properties and more than 14,200 acres of land in Virginia, according to Executive Director John Magistro. Land Trust of Virginia's conservation easements span 10 counties, though most are in Loudoun and Fauquier.

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