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Land Trust of Virginia Announces Easement in Albemarle County

Working farmland preserved


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Dec. 27, 2022 – The Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) is pleased to announce a conservation easement in Scottsville thanks to the generosity of landowners, Broc and Ashley Troxell. This 423-acre property will now remain open for agricultural use in perpetuity.


The Troxell’s property is highly visible from Scottsville Road, a designated Virginia Byway within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. The property is also adjacent to one easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, and another held by the Albemarle County Public Recreational Facilities Authority. This network of easements strengthens their effect, providing large corridors for wildlife, watershed protection, and more.


Three buildings with historic significance grace the property, including a cottage, a schoolhouse and a summer kitchen. Additional natural resources protected include 232 acres of “Prime Farmland Soils” or “Farmland Soils of Statewide Importance”, and 1,980 feet of Totier Creek.


“The Troxell family runs an active cropland operation, qualifying them for financial assistance from our Malcolm Forbes Baldwin Fund, used to offset our fees on working farms,” said LTV Executive Director, Sally Price. “We hope other farmers is Albemarle County take advantage of this unique program and make the choice to become conservation leaders.”


The Troxell’s easement is the 232nd easement completed by the Land Trust of Virginia. For more information about their work, please visit http://www.landtrustva.org.


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About the Land Trust of Virginia

The Land Trust of Virginia is a nonprofit organization that partners with private landowners who voluntarily protect and preserve properties with significant historic, scenic, or ecological value. LTV has worked with 232 families, conserving a total of 29,197 acres in 30 counties in Virginia. While LTV charges landowners for their services, the fees charged only cover about 28% of LTV’s actual costs, so fundraising is essential to our mission.

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