Governor McAuliffe Announces Clarke County Preservation Grant
13 January 2018 News
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday, January 11, 2018, that Clarke County has received a $61,600 farmland preservation grant from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). It was alongside Albemarle, Fauquier, Stafford, and Virginia Beach in being awarded this grant for the 2018 fiscal year; recipients must use the money to permanently preserve working farmland through programs that compensate landowners who secure conservation easements.
To date, almost 13,000 acres in 15 localities have been permanently protected. Clarke County has about 25,000 acres total, more than 22 percent of which are protected by conservation easements.