Jefferson County Farmland Protection Boardlast updated: November 2015

“Agriculture is an integral and viable part of the County's economy, landscape, natural resources, and sense of community.”  Jefferson County Commission, 2000

The mission of the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board is to protect productive farmland for future generations in order to maintain the long-term viability of agriculture in Jefferson County in accordance with West Virginia State Code §8A-12-1 et seq.

We accomplish our work through holding purchased and donated conservation easements, collaborating with like-minded organizations, and providing community outreach and education to raise awareness about farmland protection

The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board may negotiate with and compensate eligible property owners to ensure the protection of farmland within the county or state. With the consent of a property owner, the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board may acquire and place on record a conservation or preservation easement. Acquired easements apply only to those properties that qualify for consideration under the terms established by an adopted farmland protection program.

The Jefferson Farmland Protection Board is now actively seeking properties for conservation easements. Ranking criteria will prioritize each property submitted to the Board. Funding will always be a limiting factor for the program. Funds will be offered to the highest ranked property first. Donations of conservation easements will also be accepted.

Once a conservation easement is placed on a property, the Board will monitor the property to ensure that it continues to conform to the intent and purpose of the easement. In West Virginia, conservation easements are held in perpetuity.

Contact Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board

Contact Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board

Elizabeth Wheeler
P.O. Box 731
Charles Town, West Virginia  25414
Phone: 304-724-1414


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