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Longwood’s Hull Springs Farm approved for wetland mitigation credit sale

October 4, 2012

Students collecting aquatic animals at Hull Springs Farm Students collecting aquatic animals at Hull Springs Farm

Longwood University's Hull Springs Farm was approved this month to sell both stream and wetland mitigation credits to developers, organizations or agencies to offset unavoidable negative impact those companies might have on wetlands or streams.

The university plans to completely restore to forested wetlands approximately 26 acres of fields that were drained decades ago at the 662-acre farm located in Westmoreland County. Also at the farm, Longwood plans to preserve additional wetlands acreage and restore natural stream beds totaling more than 200 acres. All of the acreage will be preserved through a conservation easement.

The benefits of the project are multifaceted. Wetlands are protected because of their ability to filter contaminates resulting from air and water pollution. Reducing the number of acres that are farmed will reduce harmful runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed while providing a natural habitat for hundreds of Northern Neck species. It will also provide a financial boost to the historic property, which will use all proceeds from the sale of credits for conservation of the property as well as environmental education programs.

"The approval to sell these credits is the result of a long and exhaustive review by state and federal regulators in collaboration with a host of University interests," said John Daniel, president of the Hull Springs Farm Foundation. "The mitigation bank will benefit the natural ecosystem, provide research and other academic opportunity for students and faculty, and potentially provide an economic stimulus to grow the farm and its importance to the University."

The farm is currently operated through a small endowment left to Longwood University by the farm's previous owner, Mary Farley Ames Lee '38, and other supplemental income.