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Spaid Easement

Project #: 17193  –   Updated: February 08, 2012

Project Summary

This conservation easement protects 1,657 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest lying in the Lost/Cacapon River watershed of Hampshire County, WV, a scenic and mountainous rural area. Mixed oaks and chestnut oak dominate the drier, west slopes and ridge tops, but most of the property is in Oak-Hickory forest types. There is some open pasture land.

Other public and private lands in the watershed protecting scenic open space and water quality include George Washington National Forest, Lost River State Park, Cacapon State Parks, The Nature Conservancy's Ice Mountain/Raven Ro...

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Location (by county):
Hampshire County (WV)

Watersheds:
Cacapon-Town

Congressional Districts:
WV District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Appalachian Mountains

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
1657.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Site 1: 1 No

Full Project Description

This conservation easement protects 1,657 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest lying in the Lost/Cacapon River watershed of Hampshire County, WV, a scenic and mountainous rural area. Mixed oaks and chestnut oak dominate the drier, west slopes and ridge tops, but most of the property is in Oak-Hickory forest types. There is some open pasture land.

Other public and private lands in the watershed protecting scenic open space and water quality include George Washington National Forest, Lost River State Park, Cacapon State Parks, The Nature Conservancy's Ice Mountain/Raven Rocks reserve, and conservation easements held by the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust and other land trusts.

Wildlife habitat: the wildlife potential of this property is significant partly due to its diversity, but also because of its size.

The property is scenic and may be viewed by the general public from Route 259 near Yellow Spring and from Capon Springs Resort.

Management: There is a Forest Management Plan, which applies to the entire property.

There is a designated Agricultural Zone.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
The Potomac Conservancy’s primary focus is to restore water quality by advocating sound policy and promoting thoughtful land management. The Conservancy protects and restores Potomac landscapes by enhancing a network of rivers, forests, and natural areas. The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust assists landowners and communities in maintaining healthy rivers, protecting forests and farmland, and preserving rural heritage for the enjoyment and well being of present and future generations.
Public Benefit
Protection of conservation values, including scenic benefit to the general public and water quality of the Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed.

Primary goals:

The purpose of this conservation easement is to protect the open space and scenic values of the property's relatively natural habitat for fish, wildlife, or plants, or similar ecosystem with significant conservation and agricultural features and to preserve the land from subdivision and development in order to facilitate the economically sustainable production of forest and agricultural resources, and to enhance and protect the conservation values of the property.

Consistent with plans:

Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
The property lies in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed, a Priority Subwatershed of the Potomac Conservancy. The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust concentrates but doesn't limit its land protection efforts in specific areas where neighbors are encouraging their neighbors to protect land, and where these blocks of protected land connect with public parcels such as the George Washington National Forest and Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
Forest Plan
A Forest Management Plan applies to the entire property.

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

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annual easement stewardship visits

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Organization

Potomac Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Emily Warner  (Land Protection Manager)
Potomac Conservancy
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Partners

  • Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust



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