The James River Association, Capital Region Land Conservancy, and Virginia Outdoors Foundation are celebrating the protection of 24 acres of land on Turkey Island Creek, a tributary of the James River in eastern Henrico County. The deed of easement, recorded Tuesday, July 10, 2018, protects the acreage in indefinitely and allows for future public access for outdoor recreation purposes. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation acquired the easement using a $100,000 grant from its Preservation Trust Fund. The easement requires permanent public access to the site and designates most of the property as a riparian protection zone.
Capital Region Land Conservancy, the organization that acquired the acreage as part of the acquisition of historic Malvern Hill Farm earlier this year, recently transferred 11.9 acres to Henrico County and 12.2 acres to the James River Association. The James River Association acquired its acreage using grants from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.
The James River Association plans to improve its acreage for public access using grants from The Beirne Carter Foundation and the DuPont Clear into the Future program. The project will feature a canoe launch and provide access to the James River, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Virginia Capital Trail, and James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. The public access site is supported by plans including the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Access Plan and James River Segment Plan and is anticipated to be complete in 2019.
Below is the concept plan drawn in 2013.