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Conservation Easements Local money absent as regional interest grows

Washington Co. recently decided to disband development rights committee due to economy to protect farm, forests

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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:04 pm | Updated: 6:49 pm, Mon Feb 10, 2014.

ABINGDON, Va. — The act of placing land into conservation easements in this part of the state continues to grow, even as Washington County’s Board of Supervisors recently disbanded its Purchase of Development Rights committee.

More than 11 percent of the land placed into a state conservation easement last year is in Southwest Virginia, with a combined 4,900 acres from Wythe County westward, according to statistics kept by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the state agency that has managed easements since 1968.

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