UPCOMING EVENT: VOF to Host Forum on Conservation Easements and Oil and Gas Production
March 13, 2014
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is sponsoring a forum on Thursday, March 13, 2014, to discuss policies that relate to oil and gas production on conservation easements.
The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Theater, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
There will be a one-hour break for lunch. Attendees may bring their lunch or eat at one of the local restaurants.
The forum will feature presentations by Kate Wofford of the Shenandoah Valley Network, Charles E. Schwarz of the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, and Michael Ward of the Virginia Petroleum Council.
VOF staff will provide an overview of the foundation’s policies that currently allow landowners to donate conservation easements while retaining limited oil and gas rights. Following the presentations, the public will be invited to provide comments or ask questions about these policies.
VOF was created by the Virginia legislature in 1966 to protect open space. It currently protects more than 729,000 acres on approximately 3,700 conservation easements across the state.
For updates and additional information, please visit http://www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org/events or contact Jason McGarvey, email@example.com, (804) 786-9603
The Capital Region Land Conservancy is Central Virginia’s only land trust dedicated solely to serving the City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent, and Charles City counties. Our mission is to conserve and protect the natural and historic land and water resources of Virginia’s Capital Region for the benefit of current and future generations.
We live in an extraordinary place, unparalleled for its history and remarkably diverse natural resources, where the rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont give way to the Coastal Plain. Here in the watersheds of the James and York Rivers, where Native American tribes had already thrived for thousands of years, our nation took hold. While mapping Virginia in 1612, Captain John Smith declared “heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a more perfect place for man’s habitation.” 400 years later, one million people call the Capital Region home.
Today, prosperity brings new challenges. The counties surrounding the City of Richmond have been developing land at a rapid rate and this growth is often fragmented. Tree cover is in decline. Water quality is imperiled by new and diffuse sources of pollution not traditionally regulated under the Clean Water Act. Our forests, wetlands, farms, and wildlife are our greatest resources and provide us with quality of life and economic benefits that we don’t always appreciate until it’s too late. At the Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), we believe that our future depends upon taking care of what makes the heart of Virginia so special. By balancing growth in our communities with conservation of our natural environment, we can ensure that the places we love will be enjoyed by the generations that follow in our footsteps.
In its first eight years, CRLC facilitated the conservation of over 6,000 acres of land, including over 34 miles of stream and river frontage. Protecting land in our region helps ensure safe drinking water, locally grown food, preservation of our historic resources and habitat for wildlife.