Clarke County Virginia
Conservation Easement Authority
Our Mission:
“To protect and preserve land with significant
 agricultural, natural, scenic, and historic resources.”

Updated Take a Hike Guide 4-19-16

The Easement Authority has recently updated the popular Take a Hike Guide – click link below to download pdf Take a Hike – Clarke County Land Conservation Flyer – Earth Day 2016  

Clarke recognized abbey’s conservation efforts

With nearly 1,200 acres along the Shenandoah River now in easement, at Holy Cross Abbey was “the perfect choice” as the recipient of the Conservation Easement Authority’s second Mackay-Smith Land Conservation Award, says Alison Teetor, the county’s natural resource planner. Read More

2015 Photo Contest! Winners Announced!

Thanks to all those that participated! 26 photographers – 13 Amateur, 3 Professional, and 10 Students each submitting up to 5 photos And the Winners are …..

10 Great Hikes in Clarke County!

Click link for downloadable map and description of hikes take a hike-flyer-4-21-15

Mackay-Smith recipient of Clarke conservation award

Winchester Star article February 3, 2015 More than 21 percent of the 114,000 acres in Clarke County is protected by easement “in perpetuity” from development. And the first recipient of the county’s new Land Conservation Award, Wingate “Winkie” Mackay-Smith, was Read More

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