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

Mackay-Smith recipient of Clarke conservation award

Winchester Star article February 3, 2015 More than 21 percent of the 114,000 acres in Clarke County is protected by easement “in perpetuity” from development. And the first recipient of the county’s new Land Conservation Award, Wingate “Winkie” Mackay-Smith, was Read More

2014 a Good Year for Clarke Easement Program

The Easement Authority recorded permanent easements on 7 properties, totaling 404 acres, in the County in 2014.  This brings the total land area protected to just over 24,000 acres (21%).

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

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

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