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

2015 Photo Contest! Winners Announced!

Thanks to all those that participated! 26 photographers – 13 Amateur, 3 Professional, and 10 Students each submitting up to 5 photos And the Winners are …..

10 Great Hikes in Clarke County!

Click link for downloadable map and description of hikes take a hike-flyer-4-21-15

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.

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