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Correction: Open Space story

Wednesday - 1/9/2013, 3:08pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - In a story Jan. 8 about the protection of open space in Virginia, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the preservation organization. The name of the organization is the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, not the Virginia Outdoors Federation.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Va. added 26,000-plus acres of open space in `12

Virginia added more than 26,000 protected acres in 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia protected 26,375 acres of open space in 2012.

The protected acres included 1 mile of native brook trout stream in the city of Covington and portions of a public hiking trail that border the George Washington National Forest.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation was established by the General Assembly in 1966 to encourage the preservation of natural and cultural heritage lands. The 2012 easements include about 120 miles of streams, 11,000 acres of high-quality farmland and 1,700 acres along scenic roads and byways.

In all, the federation protects about 675,000 acres in 107 localities. About 75 percent of that acreage is within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The easements typically involved agreements between private landowners and land trusts. Landowners who donate easements can receive state and federal tax breaks.

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