VCC Embraces Future
In late 2015 VCC’s board firmly recommitted to VCC’s core areas of land protection and better development. “Transitions are opportunities,” says VCC Board Chairman Butch Snow. “Brenda Mead (our new executive director) is topnotch at structuring organizations to reach their goals.”
Mead agrees, “Conserving the Valley’s farmland and saving community character are challenges VCC is uniquely suited to tackle. We have an opportunity to build programs with great intention. We want to show people exactly what their investment can do.”
Easement Protects Reforested Land and Six Springs
Ken and Diane Brasfield’s recent conservation easement conserves 82 acres of restored forestland. It also commits to permanent forest buffers around six springs and three spring creeks at the headwaters of the Middle River in Augusta County. The Brasfields planted more than 18,000 trees on the formerly eroded farmland.
VCC is seeking other landowners who can make water protection permanent in select headwaters in Augusta, Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties. Funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provides financial incentives to help owners place these conservation easements. Call the VCC office for information, (540) 886-3541.