"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold
in Haymarket, Virginia
Leopold’s Preserve is the 380 acre conservation area that surrounds the Villages of Piedmont community. The Preserve contains a network of 7 miles of natural surface walking trails, pedestrian bridges, viewing platforms and numerous interpretive boards that promote the flora, fauna, geological, hydrological, and historical features of this special property. It is uniquely situated at the midsection of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway.
The inspiration behind this nature preserve is a man considered by many to be the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold. He was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. He was also a prolific writer. Leopold’s collection of essays—A Sand County Almanac—is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published.
The Virginia Working Landscapes project has released the 2017 bird and bumblebee survey information for Leopold's Preserve. We very much appreciate this partnership and the wealth of information gained from the surveys! Of the 37 species of breeding birds found, 9 are of regional or continental concern.
We enjoy sharing information about Leopold's Preserve and letting the public know how great an opportunity it is to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life on the peaceful trails. The Preserve was featured on the recent 40th annual Fall Forests and Wildlife Field Tour sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension.