The Virginia Outdoors Foundation protected nearly 1,700 more acres of open space in Campbell County in 2013, through conservation easements. Six landowners donated properties that are either working farms or forestland. Conservation easements are voluntary agreements between private landowners and a qualified land trust that restrict future development, while keeping land in private ownership. Landowners who donate easements can receive state and federal tax benefits. Altogether, the foundation protects 8,595 acres in Campbell County and 725,000 acres statewide. The foundation was started through an act of the General Assembly in 1966. To learn more visit: virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org.