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Easement protects 918-tract in W.Va. E. Panhandle

December 23, 2013
Associated Press

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 ( ) 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,



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