There are over 75,000 acres of land protected by conservation easements in Loudoun County, as displayed in the interactive map below.
A conservation easement is a land preservation agreement between a land owner and a governmental or nonprofit conservation organization. It places permanent limits on the use or development of a property to protect conservation values of the land, including:
Ensuring availability for agricultural, forestal, recreational, or open-space use
Maintaining or enhancing air or water quality
Preserving historical, architectural, or archaeological aspects of the property
Protecting natural resources
Retaining or protecting natural or open-space values of the property
Conservation Easement Programs Managed by Loudoun County Government
Conservation Easement Assistance Program
The Conservation Easement Assistance Program is a grant program to assist land owners with the upfront costs of placing property under a conservation easement for which a land trust will be the holder.