Shenandoah County Land Conservation
We consistently support funding for public and private land protection programs in Shenandoah County. A successful conservation program is key to retaining prime farm land and strengthening the County’s agricultural economy and an important first step to implementing the rural areas plan adopted in 2010.
In April of 2013, Shenandoah Forum sponsored a Farm-to-Table Dinner to explore the benefits of land conservation. Read more.
Shenandoah County receives $105K Farmland Preservation Funding. As one of only thirteen localities in Virginia, Shenandoah County was awarded $105,000 from the Virginia Office of Farmland Preservation making Shenandoah County one of the first in the valley to fund a conservation program. Approval by the Shenandoah County Supervisors in October 2011 to fund a local conservation program made it possible for the County to receive a state match.
Shenandoah County Funds Local Easement Program. Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted on September 13, 2011 to commit $100,000 to a local Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program. Shenandoah is now one of the first counties in the Valley to fund a conservation program and is an important first step to implement the County’s rural areas plan passed in December 2010.
We felt so strongly about creating a successful and effective conservation easement program for Shenandoah County that the Shenandoah Forum Board of Directors agreed to contribute $2,500 of our own funds to this program.
County Creates Easement Authority. The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors established the Conservation Easement Authority in 2007. The Authority consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors and will administer the County’s Conservation Easement Program providing Shenandoah County landowners the opportunity to permanently protect their family farms from development through the donation of a conservation easement. An easement program will help the county landowners protect and preserve farms, forest land, open space, and natural resources. It also helps the county preserve its unique rural character and furthers the goals set out in the comprehensive plan.