Mapping a Community Vision for the South Branch Valley!
In September, 2012 more than 45 landowners and conservation partners in the South Branch Valley convened to create a land protection vision for the South Branch River valley. Over a 2-day workshop, participants identified and prioritized important characteristics of the land that contribute to their quality of life (e.g. fertile farm soils, trout streams, high quality forests).
This vision was then translated into a series of maps that reflect participants' values and identify which lands most contribute to sustaining those values. These are the most important lands to protect.
More than 50 members of the South Branch community, including over 30 landowners, gathered to discuss the maps and share ideas. The Conservancy, with the help of local landowners and partners, will use these maps to prioritize our land protection work and to leverage more dollars and support for conservation in the valley.
This plan will become reality through the individual actions of South Branch valley landowners. We would like to invite all interested landowners to a casual gathering on May 20, 2013 at historic Ridgedale Farm to discuss how you can help protect your land and the culture of your valley through voluntary conservation easements. Learn more and register here!
Questions? Please Contact Aimee Weldon, Potomac Conservancy
firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-608-1188 ext 207