Jame River Access in Chesterfield County
This conservation area, comprised of 262 acres of woodlands and a large pond, with frontage on the James River, was donated by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation to Chesterfield County Parks Department in 2002. In 2003, the conservation area was protected by a conservation easement co-held by the Friends of Chesterfield Riverfront and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. In 2014, the Friends of Chesterfield Riverfront (FoCR) merged with the Capital Region Land Conservancy and FoCR’s rights and responsibilities as an easement co-holder were transferred to CRLC.
Brown and Williamson’s donation to the County and the subsequent conservation easement were completed in the spirit that one day this tract would be open to and enjoyed by the public. For more than 7 years CRLC has partnered with the County’s Parks and Recreation staff to offer guided public hikes so that this important and beautiful tract of land could be enjoyed by others. CRLC and VOF strongly support the County’s efforts secure funding to build public access and outdoor recreation facilities at this conservation facility finally fulfilling the donor’s intent and the County’s ultimate goal.