A few weeks ago city of Roanoke made history when it donated 6,185 acres of Carvins Cove Natural Reserve to the Western Virginia Land Trust and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. The easement is being touted as the largest ever recorded in the history of the Commonwealth. It is also the first time a city in Virginia has opted to permanently protect its major source of drinking water with a conservation easement. In addition to the water source, the conservation move also protected miles of Appalachian Trail viewshed and a recreation area revered by hikers and mountain bikers.

More information: www.westernvirginialandtrust.org.