Landowner Profile: Giving the Land a Voice

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Landowner Profile: Giving the Land a Voice

Virginia native and 2002 Daytona 500 winner, Ward said, “As a lifelong conservationist, I couldn’t Ward Burton has spent a lifetime developing a be more excited to participate in this program. Not deep appreciation for natural spaces. He has only will it be beneficial for the pollinators, but it’s also devoted himself and the Foundation that bears his name going to create new habitats for other wildlife like quail, to the mission of building diversity in habitats for all wildlife species, both today and in the future. The 4,000+ acre Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation is a living testament to that mission and takes its responsibility for proper land management very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that Ward initially asked the Foundation attorneys to file letters expressly forbidding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from crossing Foundation property.

Leslie Hartz, Vice President of Pipeline Construction at Dominion Energy states, “Ward invested a tremendous amount of personal effort into the Foundation property and wanted to make sure the resources were protected.”

After talking with project team members and learning more about planned restoration efforts, Ward was satis ed that the team is seeking ways to minimize adverse effects of the ACP. Ward was pleasantly surprised, for example, to learn about ACP’s Pollinator Habitat Initiative and has since enrolled two of his Foundation’s parcels crossed by the pipeline.

Ward said, "As a lifelong conservationist, I couldn't be more excited to participate in this program. Not only will it be beneficial for the pollinators, but it's also going to create new habitats for other wildlife like quail, turkey and songbirds. I see this as a really creative way to not just restore the right of way, but actually enhance its environmental value beyond what it was when we started." 

This article is from the November 2017 newsletter.