LEWISBURG, WEST VIRGINIA: March 16, 2020 found the Greenbrier County Courthouse filled with landowners, landowners’ descendants, Farmland Protection Board (FPB) members, and a county commissioner. All were there to recognize the conservation easement plaques that will be hung on the courthouse walls. The two plaques, one for the Morgan Farm and one for the Bartlett Farm, join multiple other plaques already on display in the courthouse.
Those in attendance were Gail and Paul Bartlett, landowners; Robert Martin, FPB member; Amy Moloney, FPB program manager; Isaac Morgan (grandson of Jane and Sam Morgan; Troy Morgan, landowner; Jack O’Connell, FPB member; and Tammy Tincher, county commissioner.
The Greenbrier County Farmland Protection Board (GCFPB) secured permanent protection on the Bartlett Farm in 2016 and the Morgan Farm in 2017. The display of conservation easement plaques reflects the commitment from landowners and board members to protect agricultural land in Greenbrier County.
The Farmland Protection Program is a voluntary program that offers landowners the opportunity to sell or donate a permanent conservation easement on qualifying farmland, with the quality of the soil being the most important factor.
More than 3,100 acres of Greenbrier County farmland has been placed in conservation easements since the county activated the program in 2006.
Information about the program is available in the Planning Department in the Greenbrier County Courthouse or by contacting Amy Moloney, Greenbrier County Farmland Protection Program Manager at (304) 667-4877.