Clarke County Virginia
Conservation Easement Authority
Our Mission:
“To protect and preserve land with significant
 agricultural, natural, scenic, and historic resources.”

Easement Authority featured in WHAG-TV broadcast on new 2014 grant

Watch the newscast. Excellent coverage by Merris Badcock of WHAG-TV on Farmland Preservation Grant and the Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority. Great interviews with some Clarke County stars.

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants

~Eight Localities Receive Funds to Place Working Farmlands Under Permanent Conservation Easements~ RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the recipients of fiscal year 2014 farmland preservation grants. Eight localities have been awarded just over $1,058,000 from the Virginia Department Read More

Got good dirt? Grant funds available.

excerpt from letter to Clarke County landowners… I’m writing today to alert you to a potentially important opportunity for yourself, your family and your land.   A Federal agency has grant money available to compensate property owners for putting conservation Read More

Fall 2013 Newsletter Available

Drum roll please. The recent purchase of an easement on 148+acres of farmland at the northern end of the county [see story below] helped theAuthority move the needle on its holdings to a new high of 5,333 acres. Impressive on its Read More

State and federal funding maximizes easement purchases at minimal cost

A key to the Authority’s amazing success in the past ten years has been its masterful use of public funding to purchase easements on 26 of its 92 holdings. (The other 66 were donated by property owners whose tax situation allowed Read More

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