50 Acres of Farm and Forest land in Prince William county SAVED!
In the Nokesville area of Prince William County, a landowner conserved nearly 50 acres of farm and forestland. He purchased the land to provide open space for his daughter’s horses, and then worked with Virginia Department of Forestry to plant more than 3,000 loblolly pines, connecting two forest patches on the land. After witnessing the development and fragmentation of nearby farms, he decided to conserve his land with NVCT. The easement conserves land in the County’s Rural Crescent, preventing any subdivision, keeping the fields open for farming, and protecting forest habitat for wildlife.
Conserved Land in the Midst of Fast-Growing Prince William County
In Prince William County, the Trust holds 11 conservation easements and owns one parcel, totaling more than 985 acres across the county. These lands serve the community in many ways, including conserving working farms, providing recreational opportunities, protecting water quality, and offering scenic open space.
Landowners in Prince William County have worked with the Trust to protect environmentally important sites like these:
- 380 acres of natural land with publicly accessible trails at Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve, in Haymarket;
- Two separate parcels of conserved land—about 18 acres each– that will become parks, one for the Town of Occoquan, the other now owned by the county;
- Three stream mitigation bank sites (Forest Greens Golf Club, Locust Shade Park, and James S. Long Park) are on Prince William County-owned land;
- NVCT owns a small parcel that provides habitat for the small whorled pogonia, a rare orchid species.
The Trust welcomes opportunities to engage with the community, and we are eager to meet with landowners about prospects for permanently protecting important lands.
Open space and natural areas in Prince William County
This map shows public land and parks in dark green, NVCT conserved lands marked with red dots, and other private easements in bright green. Click on the map below to see a larger version.