The Virginia Open air Basis shall be opening Hayfields Farm in Highland County to the general public for 2 neighborhood occasions in June.
The primary occasion shall be a free fishing day on Saturday, June 8, from 8:00 a.m. to six:00 p.m. on a portion of the one-mile stretch of the Bullpasture River that runs via the property.
The morning shall be reserved for anglers with kids, so that youth have the primary alternative to catch a number of the 250 rainbow and golden rainbow trout which have been stocked. After 12:00 p.m., the river will be open to anybody. The creel restrict shall be two trout per angler. The occasion coincides with Free Fishing Days sponsored by the Virginia Division of Sport and Inland Fisheries, so anglers is not going to want a license.
Hayfields Farm is situated at 524 Hayfields Lane, roughly seven miles south of McDowell on Bullpasture River Highway. For questions concerning the fishing day, contact Harry Hibbitts, [email protected], (540) 430-0292.
Later in June, on Friday the 28th, VOF will open Hayfields from daybreak till nightfall for painters collaborating within the Highland County Artists’ Weekend, sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council.
Painters of all expertise ranges shall be welcome to color independently or with buddies in a “plein air” setting at Hayfields and different designated areas all through the county. The occasion will culminate with a “wet-paint present and sale” open to the general public on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Highland Middle in Monterey.
Highland County Artists’ Weekend registration is open via June 12. Registration types could be discovered at www.highlandcounty.org. To search out out extra contact Liz Delahoussaye, [email protected], (540) 468-2916
The occasions are a possibility for locals to take pleasure in Hayfields whereas VOF continues its long-term administration planning course of for the 1,034-acre property.
Hayfields Farm was acquired by the inspiration in 2017 as mitigation for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline crossing 9 VOF easements in Excessive, Tub, and Augusta counties.
VOF initiated planning for the property in 2018 by looking for neighborhood and stakeholder enter on potential future makes use of of the farm that might profit the general public, whereas additionally defending the pure sources on the property.
Working with a agency known as Stantec, in October 2018 the basis held a neighborhood engagement workshop on the Highlands Middle and heard from residents and neighborhood leaders about their aspirational targets for the property, in addition to the area’s total wants. Financial improvement, public entry, and preservation emerged as central themes from the discussion board. Dialogue of potential makes use of ranged from a state park to an agricultural analysis facility to a well being and wellness facility serving youth and wounded veterans.
Enter acquired from the neighborhood and from a survey to potential companions was compiled in a report, which could be downloaded right here.
As a subsequent step, VOF is utilizing the neighborhood and associate enter to draft a Request for Curiosity that shall be introduced within the coming weeks. The goal of the request shall be to spark additional dialogue and inventive considering on how Hayfields might be managed for each financial improvement and conservation. VOF may even proceed conversations with the Virginia Division of Conservation and Recreation and the Division of Sport and Inland Fisheries concerning the property’s potential as state-owned public land. “As a result of there isn’t any strain to hurry the course of, we’ve got a possibility to be considerate and inventive about how Hayfields can greatest profit the general public,” says Martha Little. “It is a exceptional property, with plenty of excessive conservation worth and potential to meet a number of wants for the area. We need to make sure that we get it proper, and that begins by bringing as many stakeholders as attainable to the desk.”