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Blue Ridge Land Conservancy votes to oppose natural gas pipelines in key areas

November 21, 2014

McAfee 8.3.14FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy

Contact: Dave Perry

Telephone: 540-985-0000

Email: dperry@blueridgelandconservancy.org

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Opposes Pipeline Projects

Roanoke, VA, Nov. 20, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy (BRLC) voted on Wednesday to oppose the construction of natural gas pipelines through national parks and parkways (including the Blue Ridge Parkway), federal wilderness areas, across the Appalachian Trail, and across lands protected by conservation agreements held by the Conservancy.

Board of Trustees President Dr. M. Rupert Cutler said, “This action is consistent with the mission of the BRLC to promote the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources. Our goals include assisting local, state and federal partners in the preservation of critical conservation lands, and our priority places for conservation include the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail.”

Cutler added, “We have a legal and moral obligation to defend the properties we’ve conserved in partnership with local landowners. And in Virginia, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent over more than a decade to protect lands across the commonwealth from inappropriate development. We take that investment by the taxpayers very seriously.”

BRLC is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Roanoke that protects more than 16,000 acres of land and 34 miles of streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge through voluntary legal agreements with local landowners. It was founded in 1996 and is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance. BRLC serves Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke counties, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem.

For more information about the organization, visit www.blueridgelandconservancy.org.

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