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Family grants easement to protect land near Vinton

Wednesday - 1/9/2013, 11:08am  ET

VINTON, Va. (AP) - More than 300 acres of woods and fields near Vinton will be protected from development.

Media outlets report that Al Hammond and his family have granted conservation easements to the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to protect 330 acres on Glenburn farm.

Conservancy executive director David Perry says the easements also will preserve views from the Blue Ridge Parkway and help protect the endangered Roanoke logperch.

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