Susan Whalton's family: saving land, protecting drinking water.
Meet Susan Whalton. She and her husband placed a conservation easement on their land to preserve its natural beauty forever — and to protect drinking water for residents downstream.
Floyd Kursey, preserving a family legacy
Floyd Kursey’s father purchased the family farm in 1924. Floyd still farms the land today. And to ensure the land is always there for future farmers, Floyd placed a conservation easement on the family’s land. The easement protects the farm from development, and helps keep downstream drinking water supplies clean.
Tom Gleason: Saving a Secret Place
Tom Gleason’s secret place is protected forever, and is helping to keep drinking water safe and clean.
The more Linda Case learned about her land, the more she wanted to protect it.
When Linda Case and her husband bought land along Bullskin Run, she didn’t know a lot about natural ecosystems. What she learned would change her life, leading her to protect the landscape surrounding her home.
Matthew Grove and his wife 'liked the idea of living on a farm, but they wanted neighbors too'.
Their desire led to an innovation that was one of the first of its kind – the creation of “Broomgrass”. This 320 acre organic farm uses best practices, ground water protection, and protects and preserves a mile of frontage on Back Creek.
Clint and Christina Hogbin wanted to give back to the area that had meant so much to their family’s history.
Water, habitat, view sheds and archeology are now protected – in perpetuity.
These videos were produced by the Safe Water Conservation Collaborative, a partnership hosted by West Virginia Rivers Coalition to protect drinking water supplies by conserving land and supporting sound management practices. The project was funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network with support from the Land Trust Alliance.
The Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle is a proud partner the Safe Water Conservation Collaborative.