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Land Trust protects 103 acres in The Plains

Friday, Aug. 2 | By Staff
Dr. Mary Fleming Finlay, the owner of two important conservation properties near The Plains, and the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV), an accredited non-profit land trust based in Middleburg, recorded two easements in June that protect the properties’ scenic open space and other conservation values.

The scenic values of both properties can be viewed from Lambdon Road, Burrland Lane, and Zulla Road, a Virginia Byway. In addition to the properties’ scenic open space, the Miller’s House, built circa 1800, and perennial and intermittent stream courses are protected by the new conservation easements.

The Lockwood property, which is surrounded by other protected lands, represents a “keyhole” parcel in an otherwise protected landscape.

LTV also accepted an easement on the Greater Cotland property, increasing the protection of scenic resources, water quality, and stream habitat. With these conservation easements now in place, this area of the county will retain its rural and historic character forever.

“I’m very pleased to preserve this important part of Fauquier County’s heritage," said Finlay (also known to many as Rab Thompson). "I especially would like to thank Georgia Herbert, who did a wonderful job articulating my wishes, and the Land Trust of Virginia for their efforts in completing these two complex transactions. This farm is a very special place, and I’m proud to play a role in its permanent protection.”

Reflecting on this achievement, LTV Chairman Birge Watkins said, “It is a pleasure and privilege to work with committed conservationists like Rab, whose family has done so much for conservation in Fauquier County. Working together, landowners and land trusts are saving our area’s natural and cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations.”
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