Conservation Easement Placed on Central Virginia Preserve
On January 14, 2014 Meadowview closed on the purchase of the Wilson tract and both it and the Sheridan tract were permanently protected by a conservation easement with Caroline County,VA. The Caroline County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to hold the conservation easement on both properties. The easement was a milestone since this is the first conservation easement ever held by Caroline County. The easement was particularly important because it recognizes and permits the unique management needs required in pitcher plant habitats. The Central Virginia Preserve is dedicated to protecting and restoring the northern-most native pitcher plant bog in Virginia and a globally rare gravel bog with state threatened New Jersey Rush, Juncus caesariensis Coville.
The deal was facilitated by a $50,000 matching grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. Dr. Wilson became the lienholder on the property for the balance of funds that still need to be raised to pay off the note ($48,000). The note is interest only for ten years with the principal balance due at the end of the note.
Phil Sheridan explaining the importance of the northern-most pitcher plant population in Virginia.