Riverfront farmland beside historic site preserved

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Posted: Mar 04, 2011 8:46 AM
Riverfront farmland beside historic site preserved

Owners of a farm beside a Civil War ferry site on the Tennessee River have agreed to conserve 152 acres in a permanent conservation agreement.

The Land Trust for Tennessee announced Thursday that the owners of the Meigs County property, David and Verlinda Waters, have agreed to preserve their River Ridge Farm property that includes more than 2,000 feet of riverfront. It is adjacent to Washington Ferry, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

More than 160 such agreements with The Land Trust involve owner donations.

In rare cases such as River Ridge Farm, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service contributes 50 percent of the cost, or payment to the landowner.

The Waters primarily raise organic, grass-fed beef cattle.