- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Land Trust says it protected 1,400 acres statewide last year.

The trust’s executive director, Brent Bailey, says a key preservation success was the 350 acres on Elk Knob that was put under a conservation easement. Elk Knob is one of the highest points in Summers County.

Under a conservation easement, future development on a property is limited. The idea is to protect farmland, scenic views or unique natural habitat.

Elk Knob is known locally as the Grace Walker Farm. It is said to be one of the most scenic points on Keeney Mountain. At one point, however, it was considered for residential development.

Bailey said Elk Knob became a target for preservation after the adjoining property owner was granted a separate conservation easement that protected 175 acres.

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