A quiet and wildlife-rich section of riverfront property adjacent to the Meadowville Landing residential development in Enon has been donated to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center.
According to Thomas F. Huff, Ph.D., VCU’s vice provost for life sciences, the land gift of approximately 150 acres encompasses critical nesting areas for bald eagles and habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The property is the gift of a group of individuals who form the Meadowville Trust and Meadowville LLC, made up of a group of local developers. The gift of the property, valued at about $500,000, will increase the size of the VCU Rice Center by nearly half.
“This remarkable gift expands the reach of the VCU Rice Center as we enter Phase II of our development plan, enriching research and educational opportunities for both faculty and students,” said Huff.
Huff said that, for researchers, the Meadowville tract provides an extensive area of bottomland hardwood forest that complements the habitats at the Rice Center in Charles City County and opens many new opportunities for research and educational opportunities while preserving critical habitat along the James River.