Our Largest Easement of the Year – Shield’s Point

Photo Credit: Casey Jensen, Eco-Cap LLC

“Working with Conservation Partners and the Land Trust of Virginia has certainly been the right choice,” said landowner Hunter Vermillion. “With the easement in place, Shield’s Point will remain beautiful and be a benefit to the community as a whole. LTV is certainly one of the premier conservation organizations in Virginia.”

The “Shield’s Point” property is 827.9 acres and is our largest conservation easement of the year and our second largest ever recorded! It is LTV’s first easement in James City County. This large property could have easily been developed into a 175-lot subdivision, but 173 of those lots have now been permanently extinguished.

Shield’s Point is located 5.4 miles west-northwest of Williamsburg and contains numerous conservation values of high importance.

The property has 1.94 miles of frontage on the Chickahominy River, a State-designated Scenic River. Atlantic Sturgeon, listed as being endangered at the State and Federal Levels, are known by confirmed observation within the Chickahominy River. The proximity of this conservation easement to the 5,217-acre Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Department of Wildlife Resources and located directly across the river, will have an enormous impact in the habitat protection of this fish.

Other water resources include 2.51 miles of frontage on Blackstump Creek (a perennial stream), 156 acres of wetlands, and 505 acres of County-designated floodplain. Shield’s Point is in the watersheds of Blackstump Creek, the Chickahominy River, the James River, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Shield’s Point also contains approximately 444 acres of soils defined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture as being either Prime Farmland or Farmland of Statewide Importance.

The property contains a 731-acre “ecological core” area with Category 5 (“Outstanding”) ecological integrity, designated as such in the 2007 Virginia Natural Landscape Assessment of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Virginia Natural Heritage Program. This assessment is based on a variety of information collected, including rare species and habitats, environmental diversity, species diversity, patch characteristics, patch context, and water quality benefits. Shield’s Point is the 210th easement recorded by LTV!

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