James Madison’s Montpelier has more than doubled the amount of land it has in conservation easement, the presidential property announced Thursday afternoon.
In conjunction with the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Montpelier and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have placed an additional 1,024 acres of historic land under permanent conservation easement. This brings the total acreage under protection to 1,939 acres—more than two-thirds of the 2,700-acre estate.
A gift from the Mars Family Conservation Fund has enabled Montpelier to protect agricultural and forest resources, scenic open space, historic landscapes and wildlife habitat on the property.
“We are so thankful for the support of the Mars family on this initiative and excited to be partnering with PEC to further James Madison’s conservation ethic,” said Kat Imhoff, Montpelier President and CEO.
PEC President Chris Miller said, “This completion and recording of the easements mark an important moment in the conservation plan and long-term investment in Montpelier as a living example of sustainable development.”
President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Paul Edmondson also weighed in on the announcement.
“We are all about saving historically significant places, and James Madison’s Montpelier, as a National Trust Historic Site, is certainly one of those sites,” Edmondson said. “The breadth of the history at Montpelier and its resonance centuries later make it one of the most special places in our country and one that we are eager and proud to protect.”