- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation has awarded grants totaling $2.25 million to 14 projects.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says in a news release that the grants will help conserve 2,000 acres.

The Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department received the largest grant, $302,000. The funding will help pay for buying land fronting the James River at the confluence with Falling Creek. The county plans to use the property as a park with walking, biking, nature observation and boating facilities.

Natural Resources Secretary Molly Ward says many of the projects will help Virginia reach its goal to record 1,000 recreational and land conservation treasures during McAuliffe’s term.

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