The New River Land Trust received an $82,000 grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to fund a portion of the costs to conserve the 700-acre Little Meadows Property in Giles County, VA near the Baily Gap and Wind Rock sections of the Appalachian Trail.
The project is a collaborative effort between NRLT, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the United States Forest Service (USFS).
The property is adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest and near the Mountain Lake Wilderness, Cascades National Recreation Trail and two USFS Special Biological Areas. It contains rare species, trout streams, and a large area of mixed hardwood forest.
The protection of this property builds on the conservation of the adjacent 2,800-acre Little Stony easement completed in August. The Land Trust has been working on conserving these properties since 2012 when we identified them as one of the highest conservation priorities in the region using our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) models.