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The Land Stewardship Committee manages the Uncas Trail and the lands and trails at the Sunnyside Preserve near Kendal. Members work on trail maintenance, plantings of native plant species, invasive plant management and removal, and site improvements.  The committee also helps to educate county landowners about how to manage their land in a environmentally responsible fashion.

The committee meets the third Monday of odd numbered months. 

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We need and welcome volunteers to help manage easements and property belonging outright to RC. This committee meets every odd numbered month (see the calendar for details). These meetings vary from outdoor trail maintenance work days to in-person/hybrid meetings. Work days are weather and volunteer dependent and are not updated on our calendar.

Uncas Trail

This trail from the East Lexington bluff down to the Maury River beach across the river from the Chessie Trail is maintained and managed by Rockbridge Conservation. A 2023 grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation allowed RC to make improvements to the trail entrance road and parking area, construct a trailhead kiosk,  benches and more.

Learn more:
Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Places That Connect – Uncas Trail, City of Lexington
by Anita Angelone, July 30, 2021

Sunnyside Preserve

Rockbridge Conservation and Kendal at Lexington have established a partnership for management of the Sunnyside Preserve. Kendal maintains a mowed track through the grassy area and a woodland path has been designed and cleared by volunteers. Professional mapping of the wetlands is complete and plans are under way to bring native plants into riparian zones.

Rockbridge Conservation is also working with the Chesapeake Bay Upper James program for removal of exotic invasive plants and replanting with native species riparian vegetation.

Contact:  Chris Wise

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