Dragon Run Swamp conservation easement is Virginia’s largest

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The Nature Conservancy has placed 13,350 acres in the Middle Pennisula in a conservation easement, the largest single land preservation project in Virginia history.

The land in Dragon Run Swamp, bought from Hancock Timber Resource Group, brings the total number of protected acres in the area to 20,000. Dragon Run Swamp is considered one of the most ecologically important areas in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Virginia met a goal of preserving 400,000 acres during the four-year term of former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. Gov. Bob McDonnell has pledged to conserve an additional 400,000 during his term.



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