The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust starts 2023 excited and grateful to have protected two ecologically valuable thriving natural places in Fairfax County. Kicking off the new year with an unbridled commitment to protecting Northern Virginia's land and water, these two properties offer stream and watershed protection, serving as buffers filtering nutrients, pesticides, and sediment runoff from adjacent water sources.
Every acre we protect makes Northern Virginia a more enjoyable, healthy, and beautiful place to live, and NVCT remains committed and engaged 8,000 plus acres and counting!
The first newly conserved property adds five additional acres of land protection from the Cafferty family in Fairfax County, creating unique stream and watershed protection. The Great Falls property connects to the Cafferty's previously conserved land that is part of a series of easements dating back to 2005. This "forever wild" easement removes the property's development potential, maintaining the grounds as nature intended as a habitat for the endangered wood turtle and many other species. Together we've now protected 15 acres of Clarks Branch, a tributary within the Pond Branch watershed that drains directly to the Potomac less than a mile away.
The second newly conserved land is a unique undeveloped property along Little Hunting Creek near Mount Vernon! This half-acre contains mature tree cover, and tidal and open water habitats that punch above their weight. The Trust will forever safeguard this gift from the Jesson family, planning to restore the property’s riparian function over time and develop access plans with the community. This conservation success builds on three nearby easements and our other fee owned Little Hunting Creek property to realize the community’s long-term commitment to protect the open character of these waterside lots.