This property on Totuskey Creek in Richmond County was recently conserved by the owner in partnership with the Northern Neck Land Conservancy.

February 20, 2020
Released 2/5/20

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy will hold an informational forum on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., on February 20, in Warsaw to explain how landowners can preserve their property from development and help maintain the rural nature of the Northern Neck.

Land conservation serves the community by growing green space for future generations,” said Stuart Ashton, Jr., the Conservancy’s vice president. “And there are tax benefit rewards in return for these gifts to the Commonwealth.” The Ashton family put their land in an easement a decade ago.

The NNLC forum will be held at the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative headquarters at 173 Pine Street, Warsaw, VA 22572 (which is the brick building at the corner of Pine Street and Belle Ville Lane). starting at 6 pm with light refreshments. Board members and staff will explain the conservation easement process, often used to protect woodlands, marshes, farmland or other natural habitats or land. Kirwan King, Land Conservancy president, will discuss his experience with conservation easements from his own experience with Grove Mount Farm in Richmond County.

“Conservation easements can make good business sense and keep family farms in the family, which is the key to successful Virginia agriculture,” King said. Executive Director Elizabeth Friel will field questions.

The NNLC is a nationally accredited organization served by a professional staff that can guide landowners through the easement process. Local volunteers also assist. Last year the group helped landowners preserve more than 1,000 acres in conservation.

For more information contact:
Elizabeth Friel, Executive Director