Conservation Easement program

The Conservation Easement Program is designed to provide an option for landowners to protect family farms in Clarke County and their unique natural and cultural resources. It represents an opportunity for landowners to voluntarily donate or sell a conservation easement to a public authority to be held in trust for perpetuity. In turn, the landowner will receive monetary compensation either though direct payment from the Authority or by selling the tax credits generated by the easement donation. The amount of compensation is based on the difference between the value of the property prior to the easement and the value of the property after the easement. The difference in value reflects the land’s value as protected open space (such as farmland, forest land or rural use) versus the "highest and best" use (often residential development).

Contact Conservation Easement program

Contact Conservation Easement program

Alison Teetor
Natural Resources Planner
101 Chalmers Court
Suite B
Berryville, Virginia  22611
Phone: 540-955-5134
Fax: 540-955-5180


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Clarke County, Virginia