The seven-member Conservation Easement Authority is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and includes one member from the Board of Supervisors (one-year term), one member from the Planning Commission (one-year term), and five county residents who serve three-year terms. The Conservation Easement Authority serves to protect and preserve land with significant agricultural, natural, scenic, and historic resources. Specifically, it considers quality farmland; land that provides open space and rural character; environmentally sensitive areas important to water quality, plant life, and wildlife; historic resources; natural and scenic resources; land that supports tourism; and land with water resources.
The Authority can acquire and/or receive conservation easements, by purchase, gift, or other conveyance; can hold and enforce conservation easements conveyed to it; administer the Clarke County Conservation Easement Purchase Program pursuant to Chapter 72 of the Code of Clarke County; and exercise any powers authorized by the Public Recreational Facilities Authorities Act.
- Rives Bacon
- Barbara Byrd, Board of Supervisors Representative
- Randy Buckley, Chair and Planning Commission Representative
- Robin Couch-Cardillo
- Pete Engel, Vice Chair
- Michelle M. Jones
- George L. Ohrstrom
- Walker Thomas
Conservation Easement Authority meetings begin at 10:00 AM on the third Thursday of every month in the second-floor meeting space in the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center located at 101 Chalmers Ct., Berryville, Va. All meetings are open to the public.
For more information, contact:
Natural Resources Planner