Va. Outdoors Foundation receives state grant
Fauquier County-based Virginia Outdoors Foundation just received the lion's share of a $1.2 million grant from Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board.
The awards were announced by Governor Bob McDonnell on Friday.
Led until recently by Fauquier County Planning Commissioner Bob Lee, the VOF garnered nearly $820,000 on 354 conservation easements across the county.
Fauquier County also was awarded nearly $44,000 for 19 easements while the Fauquier-based Piedmont Environmental Council was given nearly $14,000 for six easements.
In all, 52 non-profit organizations, state agencies, and localities that hold conservation easements across the Commonwealth were awarded with funding.
The funds come from a fee that is imposed on any transfer of land preservation tax credits. The fee is two percent of the value of the donation.
The General Assembly first provided stewardship funding in 2010 to support ongoing land conservation stewardship efforts. Recipients will use the money to monitor and enforce the conservation terms found in the easements they hold.
“I believe Virginia is our nation’s most beautiful state,” Governor McDonnell wrote in a press release. “These monies are used to protect that beauty on lands already conserved by landowners.”
Staff writer Kipp Hanley can be reached at (540) 878-2414.
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