Land Trust of Virginia records 205 acres under conservation easement in Loudoun

The Bondi property has been placed under conservation easement through the Land Trust of Virginia. 

Over the past two weeks, the Middleburg-based Land Trust of Virginia has recorded four conservation easements that will permanently protect a combined 382 acres from development in Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

The four newly recorded easements include 205 acres in Loudoun County, according to organization officials.

One of the easements, owned by Bradley and Tandy Bondi, is a 145-acre property within the Mosby Heritage area in Middleburg. The Mosby Heritage Area Association provided the Land Trust of Virginia with $1,000 toward the landowners' cost of the easement.

The property contains 74 acres of forested land, 126 acres of important farmland soils, 13 acres of wetlands and is within the Goose Creek Watershed. More than 45 percent of the property – or 66 acres – is located within the Unison Battlefield Historic District.

“This property has historic significance. There were Civil War skirmishes during the Battle of Unison on the property, and there are active accounts of the battles here,” said Ashton Cole, director of conservation and stewardship at the Land Trust of Virginia.

Another property now under conservation easement is owned by Lowell Pratt, Jr. and Mary Pratt. Located in Unison in western Loudoun, the nearly 60-acre property is adjacent to two other easements and is in the North Fork of the Goose Creek Watershed District. 93 percent of the property's soils are defined as “prime farmland.”

Within three miles of the Pratt property, there are 66 conservation easements, 25 of which are held by the Land Trust of Virginia, with most of the remaining being held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, according to Cole. 

“These landowners were interested in conserving their properties, and this is the best way to protect land. This is important in the context of larger success stories and our decades-long efforts,” Cole added.

The Land Trust of Virginia holds 180 conservation easements totaling 19,761 acres throughout 15 counties in the commonwealth.

Land Trust Stewardship Manager Isa Bryant said the properties also have significant scenic value for the public. 

“Protecting the scenic view of a property is part of why people love visiting western Loudoun. Getting to drive down the gravel roads and taking a deep relaxing breath ... conservation easements protect that for everyone for all generations to come,” Bryant said. 

(4) comments

Fairmont

Gotta love some of the self-centered comments here. Good for the LTV and the visionary owners who see more than $$$$$ in their pockets and actually want to keep THEIR land. Funny how the pro-builder folks scream about "Property Rights" ALL the time so long that means their property and their rights. If LOCO is serious about being a real tourist destination and all the millions of $$$$$ that means then they better be serious about protecting the views. Nobody tours a subdivision.


LoudounPulse

This should help drive up housing costs and make my home worth over a million dollars a lot sooner than expected. Hopefully the Board protects even more land from development, my retirement will benefit.


LoudounClear

If only the Loudoun County Board would join in this effort by supporting TDRs and similar open-space saving measures, we'd begin to build a legacy for future generations of Loudoun residents. Small-mindedness seems to be prevailing in that quarter but efforts like these at least begin to show the way...


LoudounPulse

The only legacy this will leave is that future generations will have to live somewhere else because they won't be able to afford a place to live in Loudoun.


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