The June Grayson LandCare presentation features Neal Kilgore of the Virginia Outdoor Foundation (VOF). It will be held June 20, at 7 pm at the Baldwin Auditorium in the 1908 Courthouse in Independence. Mr. Kilgore will discuss using conservation easements to protect forest and farmlands. Created under Virginia’s Open-Space Land Act, in 1966, VOF has protected over 850,000 acres in Virginia. The Foundation creates easements designed to protect a variety of natural and cultural values, including: Agriculture, Forestry, Natural habitat & biological diversity, Historic preservation, Natural-resource based outdoor recreation or education, Watershed preservation and Scenic open space.
VOF easements are not designed to lock up land or prevent all development. Easement restrictions are crafted that allow land to remain workable and livable for current and future owners. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the presentation.
Save the date for the July 18 tour and presentation at 7pm at the Permaculture Garden located at the Church of the Good Shepherd 9441 Grayson Pkwy, Galax, VA 24333. As a gardening principal, permaculture is an innovative framework based on natural systems. In a broader definition, it is the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people. Learn more about applying permaculture principals in your own garden and enjoy a full tour of the garden.
All Grayson LandCare meetings are free and open to the public. They typically occur the third Monday of the month from 7-8pm and include a brief update on GLC activities and a presentation on topics of local interest. For more information about this presentation or Grayson LandCare, please contact Michelle Pridgen at 276-768-0597 or [email protected].org