Sharing responsibility for Chestnut Ridge Preserve continues to reap benefits for the Foundation from its cooperative agreement with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in monitoring the forest’s conservation.

Natural Heritage staffers visited Chestnut Ridge late last year and provided the Foundation with updates. Similarly, a request in the summer of 2014 from Radford University researcher Stockton Maxwell (now a 500YFF scientific advisor) to do tree ring work in the Chestnut Ridge forest was forwarded to DCR. The collaborative relationship was further deepened by Foundation inclusion in an arrangement to share easement monitoring funds and in the DCR’s 2014 survey of conservation activity.