CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A land trust has acquired a conservation easement protecting more than 900 acres in Morgan and Hampshire counties from development.
The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust received a $210,000 grant from the Open Space Institute to buy the easement from a hunt club.
The 918-acre tract is the first property to be protected through the New York-based institute's initiative to preserve climate change-resilient landscapes in the eastern U.S.
Institute executive vice president Peter Howell tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1bZ9jpu ) that the tract has a lot of variation in elevation, soil types and topography.
Land trust executive director Nancy Ailes says the hunt club used money from the easement transaction to acquire and protect a neighboring 160-acre tract.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com