Shenandoah Forum supports a consistent funding for public and private land protection programs in Shenandoah County. A successful conservation program is key to retaining prime farm land and strengthening the county's agricultural economy and an important first step to implementing the rural areas plan adopted by the county in 2010.
Shenandoah County Receives $105K Farmland Preservation Funding
In Jan 2012, Shenandoah County was one of thirteen Virginia localities to receive funding from the Virginia Office of Farmland Preservation. Support in October 2010 by the Supervisors for a local conservation program made it possible for the county to receive this state match of 

Shenandoah Forum looks forward to assisting the county as they work to finalize the details of the program and get the word out to local farmers who may be interested in participating.

Shenandoah Forum applauded the Board of Supervisors for taking this important step toward keeping Shenandoah County rural, keeping taxes low, and ensuring that our county preserves the backbone of our economy-- its farmland.

We felt so strongly about creating a successful and effective conservation easement program for Shenandoah County that the Shenandoah Forum Board of Directors agreed to contribute $2,500 of our own funds to this program.

Shenandoah County Funds Local Easement Program
Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted on September 13, 2011 to commit $100,000 county funding to a local Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program. Shenandoah is now one of the first counties in the Valley to fund a conservation program.

This vote is an important first step to implement the county's rural areas plan passed in  December 2010 -- and makes the county eligible for the state Farmland Program match --- doubling program support immediately!
County Creates Easement Authority

The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors established the Conservation Easement Authority in 2007. The authority consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The authority will administer the county's Conservation Easement Program providing Shenandoah County landowners the opportunity to permanently protect their family farms from development through the donation of a conservation easement. An easement program will help the county landowners protect and preserve farms, forest land, open space, and natural resources. It also helps the county preserve its unique rural character and furthers the goals set out in the comprehensive plan.

April 2013 Farm-to-Table dinner touts benefits of local land protection.
For more on the event ...
For more information on the Shenandoah County Conservation Easement Program.
Preserving Shenandoah: Newsletter from Virginia Cooperative Extension and Shenandoah County Easement Authority.

June 2010 Newsletter
Oct 2011 Newsletter