Cumberland Times-News

December 28, 2013

Panhandle land protected

Associated Press

— CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A land trust has acquired a conservation easement protecting more than 900 acres in Morgan and Hampshire counties from development.

The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust received a $210,000 grant from the Open Space Institute to buy the easement from a hunt club.

The 918-acre tract is the first property to be protected through the New York-based institute’s initiative to preserve climate change-resilient landscapes in the eastern U.S.

Institute executive vice president Peter Howell tells the Charleston Gazette that the tract has a lot of variation in elevation, soil types and topography.

Land trust executive director Nancy Ailes says the hunt club used money from the easement transaction to acquire and protect a neighboring 160-acre tract.