On July 7, 2022, the New River Conservancy finalized their purchase of a 174 acre tract, now called the New River Hill Forest in Grayson County, VA.
The New River Hill Forest purchase ensures that 174 acres and 2530 feet of riverfront are permanently protected. Through a partnership with New River Soil and Water Conservation District, the process has begun to upgrade old logging roads into hiking trails, and to create river access. Upon purchase, a rare flower was discovered amongst the hardwood forest which includes hemlock trees. Once these projects as well as sufficient parking and signage are complete, the forest will be accessible to the public.
The New River Conservancy has raised nearly 1 million dollars to purchase this land with support from Fred and Alice Stanback, Charlotte Hanes, the Jack M Matthews Foundation, and many other donors. The New River Conservancy is still working to raise $10,000 to support renovations and infrastructure upgrades. If you would like to be part of this effort, please contact the New River Conservancy.
This is the second land acquisition of 2022, bringing the year to date total in excess of 281 acres of land now protected by the New River Conservancy.