Lock Harbor Property
The Lock Harbor property consists of about 123 acres. Of the 123 acres, approximately 103 acres will be set aside for conservation. The remaining 20 acres is either under contract or across Beales Warf Road from the land to be conserved. The conservation property contains approximately 35 acres of woodland, 3,700 feet of frontage on Jule's Creek, 100 acre oyster ground, extensive wetland areas and about 70 acres of farmland. The property is currently planned for development of approximately 40 housing lots but with the gift of easement will result in 3 lots.
The property consists of approximately 70 acres of farmland. It has been farmed for almost 200 years. The conservation plan calls for continued farming of the property. This is consistent with the Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan which encourages the continuation and revitalization of traditional trades and industries such as fishing and environmentally friendly farming and forestry.
The forest on the property is valuable to conserve because of the environmental benefit to Jule's Creek and the surrounding waterways. The existing forest protects the waterways from runoff form the farm through the filtering capacity of the trees which also act as a barrier to erosion along the creek beds.
The Lock Harbor property is a known nesting area for Bald Eagles, a federal and state threatened species. It is also adjacent to Nomini creek, which is a Confirmed Anadromous Fish Use Area which included several threatened species.
The watershed preservation is its protection of the existing wetlands and creek frontage as well as from limiting the number of septic systems on the property. The land contains 3 distinct wetland areas which will be further protected by the reduction in the number of docks built if the property is fully developed.
The scenic value of the property is derived from its prominent position at a point between Nomini Creek and Jule's Creek. It is visible from the Potomac River. Lock Harbor contains almost 2 miles of road frontage on the Beales Warf and Mt. Holly road.