We have good news on a number of fronts in pitcher pant land conservation. We now have two signed contracts from the landowners on both sides of Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex County, VA. The land purchases will be funded by a grant from DEQ and a loan from the State of Virginia and will more than double our preserve to 234 acres. We hope to close on these purchases within the next couple months.
We're also about to close on another 15.7 acre addition to our Central VA Preserve (the Bass tract - see our 2009 newsletter for details).
What this means is we are not only securing the preservation of the northern most pitcher plant bog in Virginia but we are greatly expanding the scale of our preserves overall. This provides an incredible opportunity to see the last remnants of the pitcher plant community, in restored form, available nowhere else in the state.
Needless to say we need donations, and more importantly pledges, for land acquisition. Our upcoming newsletter will have the detailed financial issues discussed and I invite you to read about it at that time. But don't let that stop you from donating now. Even better, let others know about this effort and encourage them to donate to the land conservation by our non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
We also hope you will come and visit and see firsthand what is going on. Perhaps consider an eco-vacation and help out with restoration efforts. Much of the past years work has been captured by former intern Graham Hunt in his inredible photo-documentary, available in the General Discussion area of TerraForums.
Look forward to hearing from you soon!
Phil Sheridan, Ph.D.