The property, owned by the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation, consisting of 13 parcels and a total of about 604.2 acres, is a mix of open fields and forests. The property was donated to ODLC in 2013. Previously, the land was already under conservation easement with the County of Loudoun and The Potomac Conservancy. The gift of property transfers the residual rights on the property for permanent conservation. The property is currently managed by the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES). The property is open to the public for recreational and educational purposes.
The Property consists of gently rolling farmland and woodland areas and steep slope mountain side parcels. The fields, croplands and tree lines provide habitat and food sources for wildlife.
The property is currently operated by the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, (BRCES), a 501(c )(3) organization. BRCES’ website state, “The Blue Ridge Center is a nonprofit organization that manages nearly 900 acres featuring hiking trails through deep woods, babbling streams, a working farm, wildflower meadows, and historic farmsteads. Located in the western region of Virginia's Loudoun county, we are a key member of the community – our land protects Potomac River tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, preserves the Appalachian Trail view shed, and conserves the natural habitat for hundreds of animal species. Few public spaces so close to the big city offer such deep woods to enjoy the sounds of birdsong and to spend a few precious hours away from the bustle of everyday life. We invite people and partners to study, restore, interpret and experience the environment and our land's history.” The property is open to the public for hiking, camping and educational opportunities. The website further states that use of the property is “free to the public and open from dawn until dusk every day of the year.” See Appendix I for details on BRCES’ environmental studies and trail map.
This property meets the criteria for conservation based on the scenic value of the property. The rolling hillside, pastures, trees and wildlife habitat provide pleasing examples of the scenic boundary between the Piedmont and Blue Ridge elevations. The property is visible from the Appalachian Trail.
The Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation property falls within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. The National heritage Area “was designated through legislation passed on April 29, 2008, and signed by President Bush on May 8, 2008. The legislation, S. 2739, passed the House on April 29, 2008, by a vote of 291 to 117 and the Senate on April 10, 2008, by a vote of 91 to 4. The JTHG NHA recognizes 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.” (JTHG Corridor Management Plan, 2008, page 4) The JTHG Corridor Management Plan (2008) calls for “The following are the goals for the Byway: Conservation and Preservation: Work with existing and available tools, maintain the intrinsic qualities of the Byway primarily through private, voluntary land conservation efforts; existing and available tax incentives for historic preservation and land conservation; and the application of existing local land use plans, regulations, policies and design guidelines.”
The property is also visible from Harpers Ferry Road (Rt. 671) a Virginia Scenic Byway and conservation of the property conforms with Loudoun County policy to protect scenic byways.