Pitchers for the Public (Meadowview Biological Research Station)
Acquire 17 acres next to Fort AP Hill in Caroline County to serve as Meadowview’s Central Virginia Preserve. The 17 acres includes rare gravel bog habitat and adjacent uplands. The property is undergoing habitat restoration through mechanical clearing, chemical site treatments, and prescribed fire to enhance indigenous rare plants. The site is used for guided tours, research, educational, and recreational purposes. Grant amount: $56,500.
Upper Hoskins Creek (Virginia Department of Forestry)
Purchase a conservation easement on nearly 212 acres of forestland in Essex County near Tappahannock. It is bounded by Hoskins Creek to the north and east over a distance of 1.3 miles. Hoskins Creek, a navigable tidal waterway, is a tributary of the tidal portion of the Rappahannock River. This easement will include extensive riparian buffers on tidal and freshwater creeks, protecting both water quality and the view from Hoskins Creek.
Grant amount: $137,000.
Natural Area Protection Category
Cedars Natural Area Preserve – Bowen Tract (The Nature Conservancy)
The Nature Conservation will acquire 296 acres as an addition to the existing 731 acres owned by TNC and the 1,487-acre DCR Cedars Natural Area Preserve. The site contains 45 acres of riparian habitat along nearly two miles of the globally significant Powell River and a quarter-mile of Hardy Creek. This globally significant freshwater fish and mussel habitat supports 16 globally and state rare species, in addition to globally significant terrestrial plant species and cave and karst resources. Grant amount: $250,000.
South Quay Natural Area Preserve (The Nature Conservancy)
TNC will acquire the 420-acre Byrds Point Tract as an addition to the 287-acre privately owned South Quay Natural Area Preserve. The tract supports 25 rare species and significant natural communities, provides significant frontage on the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers, and is part of a 25-mile conservation corridor extending into North Carolina. Grant amount: $262,500.
Cheroenhaka Protected Land (Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe)
The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribal Heritage Foundation, Inc. is to acquire 156 acres as an addition to their 100 acres next to the Cypress Bridge Swamp Natural Area Preserve. The site supports cypress-tupelo swamp forest, provides important buffer to the existing natural area preserve, Nottoway River, and foundation holdings. It also has potential for native longleaf pine restoration. Grant amount: $150,000.
Milton easement, Pedlar Hill addition (Virginia Outdoors Foundation)
VOF is to purchase a 165-acre conservation easement. The site is part of a B1 globally significant natural heritage conservation site in proximity to protected lands held by DCR and The Nature Conservancy. Grant amount: $155,087.