Property in Giles County Will Protect Forest & Views

Chuck and Martha McClaugherty and their favorite walnut tree on the property.  Photo credit: Randi Lemmon

Chuck McClaugherty’s family lived in Giles County before the county was even established. They owned a large farm on Doe Creek before the farm was sold in the 1970s.

Before the sale, Chuck asked his grandmother to keep 50 acres with a spring aside for him. Now the retired biology professor is working with us to conserve the property with an easement. The property:

  • Is made up of mature hardwood forest, including very large maple and walnut trees
  • Has a great deal of scenic value – the view from a popular overlook going up Mountain Lake Road looks out over the property
  • Has a spring that feeds into Doe Creek, part of the New River watershed
  • Is near the 3,500-acre Little Stony and Little Meadows properties we helped conserve within the last year

“It’s another piece in the puzzle of conserved land in the Mountain Lake/Little Stony Creek area,” said John Eustis, Executive Director of NRLT. “The land in this area is critical to conserve for water quality, scenic views, climate change resilience, and protecting rare and endangered species.”

The Land Trust is meeting with several additional landowners in the area about protecting an additional 1,400 acres.