Heidig Easement

Project #: 17215  –   Updated: February 13, 2012

Project Summary

This conservation easement protects 59.6 acres of woodland just south of Yellow Spring, in the Cacapon River valley of Hampshire County WV. Soils include large boulders and rock outcroppings. The upper portion of the property is dominated by oak-pine stand, with the lower portion dominated by an oak-hickory stand. The property supports a variety of hawks and migratory bird species, as well as wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcat, black bear, fox, raccoon, and squirrel.
This scenic property can be viewed from Yellow Spring, Route 259, the Cacapon River, and George Washin...

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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:
59.6 acres

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Site Name Publicly Accessible
Heidig Property No

Full Project Description

This conservation easement protects 59.6 acres of woodland just south of Yellow Spring, in the Cacapon River valley of Hampshire County WV. Soils include large boulders and rock outcroppings. The upper portion of the property is dominated by oak-pine stand, with the lower portion dominated by an oak-hickory stand. The property supports a variety of hawks and migratory bird species, as well as wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcat, black bear, fox, raccoon, and squirrel.
This scenic property can be viewed from Yellow Spring, Route 259, the Cacapon River, and George Washington National Forest.
The road into the property is private and not open for public access.
Management: timber harvest and forest management must follow a Forest Management Plan with wildlife habitat goals.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Permanent protection of conservation values, including scenic benefit to the general public.
Conservation Mission
TPC’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. C&LRLT works throughout the watershed to assist landowners and communities in maintaining healthy rivers, protecting forests and farmland, and in preserving rural heritage for the enjoyment and well being of present and future generations.

Primary goals:

This deed of conservation easement is for the protection of 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
The Cacapon River watershed is 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 is required by the terms of the conservation easement.

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 conservation easement monitoring by grantees.

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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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