Milstead-Garnett Conservation Easement

Project #: 17196  –   Updated: February 10, 2012

Project Summary

This conservation easement protects a 228-acre property in or near Yellow Springs, in Hampshire County, WV. It is almost entirely forested with oaks, tulip tree, hickory and pine. The valley bottom and slopes are predominantly mixed hardwoods.

Two ponds are located near an existing house. There is a small wetland near the southern end of the property near the valley floor; the outlet from this wetland area provides the water that feeds the stream, an "unnamed tributary," and two ponds. The swamp area includes red maple, black gum, tulip tree, and white oak.

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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:
227.59 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Milstead Garnett Easement No

Full Project Description

This conservation easement protects a 228-acre property in or near Yellow Springs, in Hampshire County, WV. It is almost entirely forested with oaks, tulip tree, hickory and pine. The valley bottom and slopes are predominantly mixed hardwoods.

Two ponds are located near an existing house. There is a small wetland near the southern end of the property near the valley floor; the outlet from this wetland area provides the water that feeds the stream, an "unnamed tributary," and two ponds. The swamp area includes red maple, black gum, tulip tree, and white oak.

A geological formation known as Mckee Rocks is found on the southeast side of the property. These are sandstone towers used by ravens for nesting; copperheads and timber rattlesnakes have also been found there. The surrounding area is a heath barren - relatively uncommon in eastern WV.

Habitat: hawks and migratory bird species use the property, as well as a variety of other species.

The higher portions of the property can be seen from Route 259 and from George Washington National Forest.

The road into the property is private and not open for public access.

The property is adjacent to a 1,657-acre property that is protected by a conservation easement held by the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust and the Potomac Conservancy, and such property links to a protected corridor of over 4,000 acres and stretching 5 miles along Dillons Run and the Old Dutch Hollow Road.

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.

Primary goals:

This deed of conservation easement is for the protection of the significant conservation values including the dominant water resources, wildlife habitat, scenic, cultural, rural, agricultural, and woodland characteristics of the property, especially the unbroken forest and vegetated riparian land which provides habitat for wildlife and helps to maintain and enhance water quality.

Consistent with plans:

Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
This property lies in the Cacapon River 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
Timber harvest and forest management is prohibited unless it is in accordance with a Forest Management Plan, the goals of which are to support, maintain, and enhance wildlife habitat, to promote the long-term sustainability of contiguous forest, and to maintain and enhance riparian forest in order to protect water quality and prevent water pollution.

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • 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

Project Actions
Other: Forest Management Plan Show/Hide details
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Outcomes

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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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