CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Forest totaling nearly 400 acres in Greene County is now protected under four conservation easements.
The easements announced Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Forestry involve three families and land on Snow and Hightop mountains west of Stanardsville.
Collectively the properties are 97 percent forested and complement what the department calls a forested landscape.
The easements also protect several miles of headwater streams that are primary tributaries of Matties Run and Buffalo Creek. Both are within the Rivanna River Watershed.
The protected forests are the result of a collaborative effort that included the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy and the Piedmont Environmental Council.
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