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For immediate release: March 25, 2013

Kristie Kendall
The Piedmont Environmental Council
Land Conservation and Stewardship Coordinator
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First Fauquier Conservation Easement of 2013

Marion Poynter has permanently protected her historic 47-acre farm property, called The Meadows, by donating a conservation easement -- the first easement to be recorded in Fauquier County in 2013. The easement was made official on March 11, 2013 and is held by The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC).

The property’s historic home is steeped in history dating to the early nineteenth-century. Joseph Blackwell, Jr. -- whose father was the first Sheriff of Fauquier County and a Lieutenant in the Continental Army during the American Revolution -- built the main house on the property in the early 1800s. The Blackwell-Carter Family Cemetery, where at least four generations of the Blackwell and Carter families are buried, lies just southeast of the house.

"It is very satisfying to be able to add to the growing collection of conserved and preserved property in Fauquier County,” says Poynter. “The Piedmont Environmental Council's excellent assistance was key to making the experience pleasant and possible.”

The conservation easement will not only prohibit further subdivision of the property, but it will protect a scenic view from Blantyre Road (a Virginia Scenic Byway), as well as the water quality of the streams on the property. These streams flow into Airlie Lake, which provides drinking water for Warrenton, as well as into a tributary of Cedar Run. Cedar run is a part of the Occoquan watershed and provides drinking water for much of Northern Virginia.

PEC is an accredited land trust and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. PEC has been promoting private, voluntary land conservation in Virginia’s northern Piedmont since 1972 -- contributing to this region’s outstanding success. PEC became an accredited land trust in 2011, and now holds a total of 47 easements -- protecting more than 6,600 acres, throughout its nine-county region.

PEC works with numerous conservation partners, including state agencies and other land trusts, to protect land in the Piedmont. 


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