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Virginia Outdoors Foundation Protected 27,000 Acres in '14

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The Virginia Outdoors Foundation says it permanently protected more than 27,000 acres in 2014.

The farmland, forest and open space was preserved through 125 conservation easements, according to the land conservation agency.

Virginia's Southside led the way, where the foundation recorded 25 easements on about 12,000 acres. One easement was 3,400 acres of forestland in Charlotte County.

All told, the foundation protects 760,000 acres in more than 100 localities. That's nearly the size of Rhode Island.

Easements limit future development while keeping land in private ownership.

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