Tuesday February 18, 2014
The donation of a conservation easement in Oldham County will ensure that 167 acres of scenic farmland and woodlands will remain forever protected from development. Dinwiddie Lampton III and Irene D. Lampton are donating the easement to Louisville Metro Government through the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust.
The Halls Hill Road property in Crestwood, Kentucky, features a home dating to 1827, built by James Clore. Also on the grounds are historic slave quarters. These structures have been sensitively restored and are still in use, and both are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Current activities on this land include use as a horse farm, hay production, as well as public events such as polo matches and hunting competitions.
Conserving the woodland, streams and large pond found on the property will provide wildlife habitat and help protect the water quality of Harrods Creek, as the property drains to the Harrods Creek watershed, shared by both Jefferson and Oldham counties.
While the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust will hold the easement, it is partnering with another land trust, Oldham Ahead, Inc., for assistance in monitoring the property.
“The area around Brownsboro has some of the most productive farmlands in the watershed and Oldham County” said Kurt Mason, District Conservationist with UDSA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and chair of the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust Oversight Board. “Preserving this parcel insures its availability for future agricultural uses and for the natural resource related benefits associated with open space and agricultural lands.”
About Conservation Easements
Conservation easements are voluntary, legal agreements between land owners and land trusts that permanently limit the uses of the land in order to protect its conservation value. The land is still owned and managed by the property owner who agrees to give up forever certain rights such as additional residential, commercial or industrial uses. Because the agreement runs with the land, restrictions apply to all future owners of the land, as well.
About the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust
The Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust is a land trust that is associated with Louisville Metro Government. It was created by ordinance in 1997 to help implement Cornerstone 2020’s goals related to parks, natural areas, greenways, historic sites and farmland. The Trust’s nine-member Oversight Board consists of five citizens and four members who represent Metro agencies that are responsible for public land. The Oversight Board reviews offers of conservation easements and makes recommendations to the Mayor and Metro Council. Metro Council makes the final decision about acceptance of the easement. The Trust holds conservation easements on over 1,000 acres. Louisville Metro Parks provides staff support for the Trust. For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/planninganddesign/EnvironmentalTrust.htm.
About Oldham Ahead, Inc.
Oldham Ahead is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a qualified land trust that was formed to preserve Oldham County’s quality of life through good planning. Oldham Ahead acts as an advocate on growth and development issues, spearheads preservation efforts and works to improve business, agricultural, and recreational opportunities.