The New River Land Trust just reached a new milestone of helping to conserve more than 50,000 acres of farm and forest land in the New River region. Since 2002, the New River Land Trust has worked with 240 landowners and other partners to reach this milestone. These acres are forever protected as conservation easements and will remain rural, contributing to the quality of life and rural heritage of the region, now and into the future. Conservation easements protect land for future generations by restricting or conditioning certain rights or uses necessary to protect specific conservation values, such as water quality, while allowing for the retention of other rights and uses by a landowner including the right to sell or transfer the land. In 2014, NRLT worked with the Bixler family to conserve a 48 acre farm property on Glade Rd in Blacksburg and in 2015, they finalized an easement on 389 acres of the Obenshain family’s Thompson Place property in Montgomery County. They now hold or co-hold four easements in the region and are actively looking for new projects. For more information visit: http://newriverlandtrust.org or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.