ODLC Reaches Land Conservancy Milestone

Old Dominion Land Conservancy Reaches Conservation Milestone of 2,287 Acres in 2015 

PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA — February 9, 2016 — Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC), a Virginia based non-profit that provides conservation education and resources to local landowners, announced today that it provided more than 2,200 acres of land conservation easements across Loudoun and Fauquier County, Virginia in 2015. These easements span seven separate plots, consisting of active farms, forests, historic structures, and wetlands. 

“OLDC takes great pride in the work we were able to accomplish across Northern Virginia in 2015,” said Henry Stribling, Executive Director of Old Dominion Land Conservancy. “It is an honor to work with Virginia’s wonderful families and organizations to help preserve our beautiful countryside. We deeply appreciate the generosity and support of our neighbors, without whom none of this would be possible.” 

In Loudoun County, ODLC worked with the Northern Virginia United Methodist Camps and Conference Corporation to preserve 610 acres of campground for youth. In Fauquier County, the ODLC was able to help local resident Mr. Charles Strother preserve his farm, which has been in his family for over three generations. The Strother family stated that they are looking forward to expanding their vineyard, the Philip Carter Winery of Virginia, on the land. 

About Old Dominion Land Conservancy.: Since 2008, Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC), a 501 C3, has been a leader in Conservation Easements and Land Donations in northern Virginian.  Our mission is to help preserve Virginia's historic land and water resources by providing the necessary education and assets to the public.

More information about Old Dominion Land Conservancy can be found at www.odlc.us

 

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June 15, 2016 - Loudoun County Now Officially Has a State Park! Hamilton, VA - Yesterday, after years of work, the deed was recorded transferring approximately 600 acres of land in Northwestern Loudoun County to the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. This transaction, first announced by Governor Bob McDonnell in January 2014 means that Loudoun County now officially has a state park! 

The land for the state park was donated to the Commonwealth by the Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) of Purcellville, which received the land from the Robert and Dee Leggett foundation. The property borders the Appalachian Trail and includes historic farmsteads, deep woods and wildflower meadows.

Senator Richard Black stated, "I'm proud of all of the work our local elected officials have put into bringing this project to fruition.  It will be a lasting benefit to the community that will provide a place for people to enjoy the beauty of Loudoun County."

Delegate Dave LaRock added, "I'm excited about this new park being established and thankful for the efforts of Sen. Dick Black, Del. Randy Minchew, Supervisor Geary Higgins and State, County and ODLC staff to make this State Park a reality. This Park will be a great addition to Western Loudoun's already-vibrant winery and tourism industries."

Delegate Randy Minchew said, "I have hiked through this land a number of times and it is a great piece of property. It could become the Sky Meadows State Park of Loudoun County. This will be a jewel for the whole county."

Catoctin District Supervisor Geary M. Higgins added, "The significance of this new state park is immense and I have been privileged to have been a part of this process over the past three years. This park will be a jewel to Loudoun County, the Catoctin District, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation. From a historical perspective alone this park preserves a considerable piece of history as this land includes the route Mosby's Rangers took to attack the federal camp of Cole's Cavalry one-hundred and fifty years ago on January 10, 1864. I commend Bob and Dee Leggett for their donation and foresight to create this park that will be enjoyed not only by residents of Loudoun County but by many future generations." View park map and Loudoun Times-Mirror article.

The 600-acre parcel is part of the 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), and is the initial portion of what may become a 1,500-acre park. It will be several years before the property is developed. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages the Virginia park system, will work to develop master plans for the Loudoun County property once acquisition is complete. The master plan will incorporate input from the local community, park planners and state officials.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact: Senator Richard Black: Chris Lore at 703-468-1342 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Delegate Dave LaRock Daniel Davies at (540) 751-8364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Delegate Randy Minchew: Tami Davis at 703-777-1570 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Catoctin Supervisor Geary Higgins: Stacy Carey at 703-737-8571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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About ODLC

Founded to protect land and water resources for their natural, scenic, recreational, historic, and agricultural values, the Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) also seeks to educate the public on why land conservancy is so very important and so easily overlooked.

ODLC accepts land donations, but also tailors conservation easements to meet the specific needs and conservation purposes of each landowner and ODLC. We have been hard at our task for the past 15 years.

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Contact ODLC

Old Dominion Land Conservancy, Inc.
  621 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132

  Office: 540-338-0077
  Fax: 540-338-9676

  Mon - Fri - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  Henry Stribling, Executive Director

ODLC Mission

  Foster the importance of conservation

  Protect and preserve historic countryside

  Protect and preserve water resources

  Protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay

  Create parks and trails

  Help preserve rural farmlands

  Control development through conservation