LoudounNow (June 28, 2022) The leaders of NOVA Parks on Tuesday celebrated the acquisition of 128 acres that will expand its Springdale Regional Park property along the Potomac River in northeast Loudoun County.
The land was acquired, placed under conservation easement, and donated to the park authority by Chuck and Stacy Kuhn. It is the latest in a years-long series of rural land purchase in which the family has placed more than 22,000 acres under easement.
The transaction involved the Kuhn’s donating half the value of the land, $900,000, matched by an equal grant from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal program provides 50 percent matching funds to state agencies and localities for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation resources.
“We’re living and we’re driving and we’re acting in what I feel is truly a living museum in western Loudoun. I think it is a real jewel we need to work hard to protect. We have to find that balance,” he said.
Kuhn said that conservation easements are invaluable in that effort. And while his family has been the most active in that realm in recent years, he noted their work has followed the efforts of others and the work will need to continue with future generations.