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ACE Program Purchases its 38th Easement

Program now accepting 2011 easement applications

Albemarle’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program has just purchased its 38th easement, the 96-acre Fairview Farm near Crozet. The farm is used for livestock grazing and hay production and has been in the same family for almost 100 years. To date, 7,320 acres in Albemarle have been protected through the ACE program. A generous grant from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation helped make this acquisition possible.

The family wanted to protect their farm from development and preserve their rural heritage, and the County was able to preserve a portion of its rural area through the elimination of subdivision rights and further development.  Putting this property in permanent conservation easement also contributes to the protection of the county’s public drinking water supply through the establishment of streamside buffers along 4,000 feet of Stockton Creek.   

“Our family is very focused on protecting this farm from development and on preserving the natural resources, including a major stream, that are abundant on the property,” said Brad Stanerson, the son of one of the property owners.  “We appreciate the opportunity that the ACE program provides to keep this lovely rural area in permanent conservation.”  After granting the easement, the land remains in the family’s ownership and they will continue to run it as a working farm. 

The ACE program will begin accepting new applications on June 1, 2011.  The application submittal deadline is October 31, 2011. All landowners interested in applying to ACE can find a summary of the program and application on the County’s website, or can call Ches Goodall, the ACE program coordinator, at 434 296-5832 (Ext: 3084).


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