Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board Acquires Conservation Easement (Thomas)

LtoR:  Anna Ziegler, Ziegler& Ziegler LC; Amy Moloney-FPB Director, Sherry Thomas, Landowner, Randall Johnson, NCFPB-Chairman, Joan O’Quinn-NCFPB Secretary; Ken Stowers-NCFPB Treasurer

The Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board (NCFPB) acquired a conservation easement under the West Virginia Voluntary Farmland Protection Act §8A-12-21. This easement was acquired from Sherry Thomas on December 19, 2019 and protects 100 acres of land in the Grant District of Nicholas County.

Ms. Thomas stated that the farm has been in her family for multiple generations. “We want to preserve this farm for next generation and to protect it from future development.”

The Deed of Conservation Easement, which was agreed to by all parties, outlines the terms, conditions and restrictions on the property, and protects the landowners and the Grantees. The Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board, as the Grantee under the Deed of Conservation Easement, agrees to protect the property according to its mandate and the desires of the property owners as spelled out in the easement.

The Nicholas County Commission adopted a resolution creating the Farmland Protection Board in November of 2004. Since the inception of the program more than 874 acres have been placed under conservation easement by the NCFPB. Over 140 of those acres were donated. The purpose of the Farmland Protection Program is to preserve land for farm use. To learn more about this program visit our web page at or call 304-872-1731 #3.