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Land Conservation & Management Workshop and Social

July 21 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Join us for a fun, casual evening with informative presentations and community networking at Powers Brewing Company!

About this event

Join The Piedmont Environmental Council, Fauquier County Agricultural Development, and John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District for a workshop to explore tools and sources of funding for conservation easements and land management.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/372915088067

The event is informal and designed for neighbors to learn from each other’s experiences and engage with the presenters. Landowners will share their experience working with the various programs to protect their farms with a conservation easement – and the finances involved in the transaction – and implementation of agricultural cost-share practices to improve soil health and water quality. Participants will have ample time to engage with organizations and leave with potential next steps for their properties.

The event is free and open to the public. While this event is in southern Fauquier County, much of the information is broadly relevant to other geographies and all are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is requested but not required.


Agenda

  • 6 p.m.: Check-in
  • 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.: Presentations

John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District – Agricultural cost-share programs to improve soil health and water quality, including livestock exclusion fencing, alternative watering systems, riparian buffer plantings, nutrient management projects, and more.

Soil & Water Conservation Districts provide technical assistance and financial incentives to assist with the installation of approved conservation practices. Cost-share can range from 75% up to 100% for some practices.

Piedmont Environmental Council – Introduction to conservation easements. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a conservation organization designed to protect the scenic open space, wildlife habitat and/or forest and agricultural resources on private property. A donation of a conservation easement may provide for federal income tax deduction, Virginia state income tax credit, estate tax reduction, and reduced real estate taxes.

Fauquier County Department of Agricultural Development – Fauquier County’s Purchase of Development Rights Program, a voluntary program that pays landowners to protect the farmland and natural resource assets of their property.

This program allows landowners to enter into agreements to sell the development potential of qualifying property to the County while maintaining the right to continue to own and use the property. The purpose of the PDR Program is to protect farmland and retain the agricultural industry’s critical mass, in particular, farm parcels that are economically viable operations.

Landowner testimonials, question & answer session, socialize with neighbors and presenters.


This event is made possible by the generous co-presenters and The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Julian W. Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund.

The Julian W. Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund was established in 2003 to protect land with important natural, historic, scenic and agricultural resources in Fauquier County. The Fund provides direct funding for environmental stewardship on working farmland, technical support for easement donations, and educational workshops on conservation and management options. Learn more about the Julian W. Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund and donate here.

For questions about this event, please reach out to Maggi Blomstrom, mblomstrom@pecva.org, 540-347-2334 ext. 7067.