GGH Holdings Property
The GGH Holdings Property consists of approximately 195 acres divided into three parcels, one containing 170 acres and two containing 12 acres. Of the 195 acres, approximately 145 are field and 50 acres are wooded. The property is currently planned for development of approximately 38 housing lots. the gift of easement will reduce the number to 34 lots donated for conservation and 4 remaining lots.
The property meets the Conservation Review Criteria as defined by Virginia Land conservation Foundation in the following areas: Natural Habitat and Biological Diversity; Preservation of Scenic Open Space; Historic Preservation; Forestal; Watershed Preservation, and Agricultural.
The watershed is also preserved through the conservation easement by protecting the surface water flows and drainage on the property from degradation by erosion and animal waste pollution. The property contains a portion of and borders the North Fork of Goose Creek for about one mile. Beverdam Creek boarders the southern portion of the property for about three quarters of a mile. both creeks feed into the Potomac River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. Egypt Farm lies within the north Fork Goose Creek watershed. This area has been designated as worthy of special environmental protection in the Loudoun county comprehensive Plan as an important sub-watershed for the Potomac river and the Chesapeake Bay. The property also contains significant wetlands and flood plain areas.
The property meets the criteria for conservation based on its scenic value. The fields, trees, and wildlife habitat provide stunning examples of Virginia's boundary between the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Regions. It also falls within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. Signed into existence by President Bush in 2008, the JTHG NHA recognized the unparalleled cultural, historic and scenic resources within the entire JTHG corridor, encompassing all or part of 15 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.
It has approximately 50 contiguous acres of forest which will be under a forestry management plan coordinated with the Virginia Department of forestry. Any building in the forest will be designed to limit the effect on the natural habitat, view, and commercial value of the forest.
The agricultural value of the farm will be preserved through continued use of the farm for the production of animal feed. The farm grows winter wheat and soybeans.
The property has two distinct areas of wetlands that feed into the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
The farm has been in continuous agricultural use and is currently used for growing various grain crops. The land contains about 335.66 acres of forest with a variety of tree species and meets the definition of a forest eligible for protection under the Conservation Value Review Criteria of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.