Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
Area land conservation projects funded
Land to preserve native pitcher plants, and a tract connected to Civil War Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson are among projects funded recently by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. Meadowview Biological Research Station in Caroline County is getting $56,000 to acquire 17 acres of gravel bog habitat and upland forest adjacent to Fort A.P. Hill. Meadowview works to protect the rare insect-eating pitcher plants, and re-establish longleaf pine forests. The VLCF is providing $70,875 to purchase 82 acres adjacent to Chancellorsville Battlefield. The property includes the site of the field hospital where Jackson’s left arm was amputated on May 3, 1863, following the Battle of Chancellorsville. Spotsylvania County will receive $24,762 to acquire a two-mile recreational easement for Whitehall Trail along the abandoned Central Virginia Railroad right-of-way. Fauquier County’s purchase of development rights program was granted $52,047 to purchase a conservation easement on 168.5 acres of the Noland Farm. The farm is adjacent to three other protected farms and the Weston Wildlife Management Area.