Milstead-Garnett Conservation Easement

Project Description

This conservation easement protects a 228-acre property in or near Yellow Springs, in Hampshire County, WV. It is almost entirely forested with oaks, tulip tree, hickory and pine. The valley bottom and slopes are predominantly mixed hardwoods. Two ponds are located near an existing house. There is a small wetland near the southern end of the property near the valley floor; the outlet from this wetland area provides the water that feeds the stream, an "unnamed tributary," and two ponds. The swamp area includes red maple, black gum, tulip tree, and white oak. A ...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: No
County: Hampshire County, WV
Project Size:
  • 227.59 acres

Project Sites

  • Milstead Garnett Easement (Not publicly accessible)

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    The Potomac Conservancy’s primary focus is to restore water quality by advocating sound policy and promoting thoughtful land management. The Conservancy protects and restores Potomac landscapes by enhancing a network of rivers, forests, and natural areas. The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust assists landowners and communities in maintaining healthy rivers, protecting forests and farmland, and preserving rural heritage for the enjoyment and well being of present and future generations.
  • Public Benefit
    Protection of conservation values, including scenic benefit to the general public and water quality.

Primary Goals:

  • This deed of conservation easement is for the protection of the significant conservation values including the dominant water resources, wildlife habitat, scenic, cultural, rural, agricultural, and woodland characteristics of the property, especially the unbroken forest and vegetated riparian land which provides habitat for wildlife and helps to maintain and enhance water quality.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
    This property lies in the Cacapon River watershed, a Priority Subwatershed of the Potomac Conservancy. The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust concentrates but doesn't limit its land protection efforts in specific areas where neighbors are encouraging their neighbors to protect land, and where these blocks of protected land connect with public parcels such as the George Washington National Forest and Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
  • Forest Plan
    Timber harvest and forest management is prohibited unless it is in accordance with a Forest Management Plan, the goals of which are to support, maintain, and enhance wildlife habitat, to promote the long-term sustainability of contiguous forest, and to maintain and enhance riparian forest in order to protect water quality and prevent water pollution.

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Enhance stewardship (timber, ranch, farm, urban): Forest Management Plan Ongoing Management -- --
Timber harvest and forest management must be in accordance with Forest Management Plan
Maintain or create natural stream buffers Ongoing Management -- --
A 50 foot riparian buffer along the unnamed tributary shall be permitted to naturally revegetate and shall not be disturbed.
Conservation easement Completed -- --


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
annual easement stewardship visits

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Potomac Conservancy

Managing Organization

Potomac Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Emily Warner (Land Protection Manager)
Potomac Conservancy

General Information

Project #: 17196
Last Updated: February 10, 2012

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