Millbrook Sportsmen Club Easement

Project #: 17195  –   Updated: November 15, 2012

Project Summary

This conservation easement protects 1,382 acres of forest in southern Hampshire County, WV, in a largely forested area between the Cacapon River to the east and the North River to the west. The topography of the property ranges from very steep slopes on the northeastern portion of the property to relatively level ridgeland and broad stream valley. The forest consists of mixed hardwoods and some stands of conifers. Stream valleys have significant stands of white oak and tulip tree. The property supports a wide variety of wildlife.

One branch of Dillons Run has its source ...

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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:
1466.55 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Site 5: HAM_PC_23 Yes

Full Project Description

This conservation easement protects 1,382 acres of forest in southern Hampshire County, WV, in a largely forested area between the Cacapon River to the east and the North River to the west. The topography of the property ranges from very steep slopes on the northeastern portion of the property to relatively level ridgeland and broad stream valley. The forest consists of mixed hardwoods and some stands of conifers. Stream valleys have significant stands of white oak and tulip tree. The property supports a wide variety of wildlife.

One branch of Dillons Run has its source on the property. Gunbarrel Hollow Stream also passes through the property along the southwestern edge. Both streams have healthy, mature riparian buffers.

The George Washington National Forest extends nearly to the Cacapon River, just east of this property. Directly adjacent to this property are two private properties protected by easements held by the Potomac Conservancy and the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust, totaling 2,500 acres.

Management: harvesting of more than 50 acres must be in accordance with a Forest Management Plan.

Scenic: the property is visible to the public.

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.

Primary goals:

This is a deed of conservation easement for the protection of the significant conservation features including woodland, scenic aspects, and open space.

Consistent with plans:

Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
The property lies in the Cacapon River Watershed, a Priority Watershed 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
Any timber harvest of more than 50 acres in 1 year is prohibited unless the cutting is in accordance with a Forest Management Plan prepared by a West Virginia registered professional forester.

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

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Outcomes

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

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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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