Protection for Wetlands and Wildlife
Two Hanover County residents are dedicated to leaving their land in better condition than when they found it. Their 12.65-acre forested property in the Henry District of Hanover County, which gracefully slopes down to Totopotomoy Creek, will forever remain undeveloped so that it continues to provide wildlife habitat and water quality protection for the Creek and surrounding wetlands.
Totopotomoy Creek is an east-flowing tributary of the Pamunkey River. The Pamunkey River and its tributaries support extensive and diverse freshwater wetlands, marshes and forests, including globally rare plant species, making the protection of the property so important. The forest community on the property provides a wide range of wildlife habitat for animals including salamanders, great blue herons, egrets, turkey, deer, and more. The property also has offers great benefits for water quality, as it falls within Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Watershed Impact Model.
Equally important, this easement lies within the study area of the Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield as determined by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission’s 1993 Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields. In May of 1864, after 2 days of fighting, over 2,300 soldiers had died. Preserving this property adds to the overall ability to interpret the local battlefield landscape.