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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October 24, 2017 - Kuhn: Preserving 1,000 Acres in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, VA - Chuck Kuhn, founder and president of JK Moving Services in Sterling, was presented an award for his land preservation efforts by the Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC).

Kuhn received the Commonwealth Steward Award for preserving more than 1,000 acres of land in Loudoun County at an event Oct. 12 at Middleburg Training Center, which is one of Kuhn’s preservation efforts.

“What we are trying to do in general, and what my wife and I feel strongly about, is protecting the open spaces,” Kuhn said. “In Loudoun County, we have put about 1,100 acres into a conservation easement and we are in the process in Fauquier County of putting another 800 acres into a conservation easement.

“With that, we have put almost 2,700 acres into it over the last four years, and over the next 24 months we will be putting another 2,500 acres into the program, mostly in Loudoun County.”

According to Executive Director Henry Stribling, ODLC was founded, “To preserve the open countryside we all love and cherish. To provide habitats for wildlife. To protect our clean water sources. To create parks and trails. To save farmland from developers.”

In particular, Kuhn said, that last goal was behind his efforts to acquire and protect the Middleburg Training Center.

“There were two developers bidding on the property, and we didn’t want to see that turn into a residential community,” Kuhn said. “So, our first goal was to put it into a conservation easement. Our second goal is to restore the property and rebrand it. Right now, the focus in all on thoroughbred flat-track racing. We want to renovate it and bring in other equine disciplines.”

Virginia Sen. Jill Vogel and Del. Randy Minchew offered introductory remarks touting the success of the land conservation initiative in Virginia at the event, which was co-sponsored by Farm Credit. “The Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit is one of our greatest tools to preserve open space and has been tremendously effective in our Virginia Piedmont region,” Minchew said.

Virginia allows an income tax credit for 40 percent of the value of donated land or conservation easements. Taxpayers may use up to $20,000 per year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and $50,000 per year in subsequent tax years. Tax credits may be carried forward for up to 13 years.

Jorge Espinosa of ODLC said Kuhn was honored for putting several farms into easement near Loudoun’s historic villages. Egypt Farm, near Lincoln, which had been previously owned by developers, and Rogues Hollow is a farm outside of Waterford, a village designated a National Historic Landmark. Espinosa also credited Kuhn with facilitating the easement of Camp Highroad, bringing to a total of over seven easements encompassing over 1,900 acres in Lincoln.

A member of the National Land Trust Alliance, Old Dominion Land Trust currently holds 8,500 acres of land in the easement and is currently working with the Robert & Dee Leggett Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to create the first State Park in Loudoun County.

JK Moving is the largest independent moving company in North America. Kuhn’s other land holdings include Spring Hill Farm, a 744-acre farm in Fauquier County that currently is being considered for the easement.

He said his land conservations efforts reflect his belief that there needs to be a balance between growth and preservation.

“We want to see business growth and residential growth,” Kuhn said. “At the same time, we have to have balance. We have certain areas where we want to protect the open spaces and there are other areas where we want to have planned development. There is space for both.”

George Thompson from the American Chestnut Foundation presented Kuhn with four American Chestnut trees in recognition of his efforts.

“George is a neat guy and he has done some good things with land conservation,” Kuhn said. “There are some neat pioneers that I am learning a lot from, and the county supervisors have been very supportive and we have used Farm Credit to help with the financing on some of the property. They are very tied to the farming community and very pro-conservation.” View Loudoun Times-Mirror article by Joseph Dill.


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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