Monday, September 14, 2009

Virginia's Largest Conservation Easement

Governor Kaine's office issued a press release today (you can link to it here) announcing that the City of Roanoke has donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Western Virginia Land Trust a 11,363 acre easement on City-owned property.

The easement is on Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, which is the property surrounding Carvins Cove Reservoir and which is located partially in Roanoke County and partially in Botetourt County. The picture above, from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation website, shows a portion of Carvins Cove.

The Governor is justifiably pumped-up about the easement:

“The latest easement is the culmination of a decade and a half of efforts by the local land preservation leaders, state agencies, and local elected officials ... It exemplifies the spirit of partnership that makes Virginia’s land conservation program so successful, and is a testament to the foresight of Roanoke’s citizens to protect this critical resource for generations to come.”