A Student of History

July 29, 2008

Saving Virginia’s Land

Filed under: Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 6:55 am

From the Daily News Record

STAUNTON – Timothy M. Kaine told land conservationists on Thursday that their help has helped his administration to be slightly ahead of a pace to permanently set aside 400,000 acres of open space during his four-year term.

Speaking at the Virginia Union Land Trust conference at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Kaine said between 260,000 and 270,000 acres would be conserved by mid-July.

The General Assembly appropriated $30 million for the program, although Kaine asked for $50 million.

Open-space efforts also will be aided, he said, by the state agreeing to match funding from the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kaine said.

The trust has agreed to match the $5 million state funding 2-to-1, providing a total of  $15 million for preserving Civil War sites in Virginia.

The council is a private, nonprofit organization that shares responsibility for preserving 14,000 acres of open space in a region that extends from Frederick and Warren counties in the north to Botetourt County in the south.

1 Comment »

  1. Beautiful photograph John.


    Comment by Richard Williams — July 29, 2008 @ 9:29 am | Reply

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