Groups seek state money for land conservation

By Cecelia Mason

cmason@shepherd.edu

West Virginia is among a handful of states that don’t set aside money to conserve farmland, forest and open space. Sixteen of the 55 counties have boards that protect farmland.  And the state Department of Natural Resources collects about $1 to $1.5 million a year that can be used for wildlife conservation.  But as Cecelia Mason reports, conservation proponents say neither program raises enough to protect much of the state’s land.

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