Farmland Protection Board

Based at the headwaters of the Potomac River, Pendleton County is one of the most agriculturally active counties in West Virginia. With three major river valleys, Pendleton County supports more than 540 family-owned farms that for over 150 years have enabled people to earn a living and maintain a rural lifestyle. Over 170,000 acres or 38.2 percent of the county is classified as farmland. According to the 2002 West Virginia Agricultural Statistics, Pendleton County ranks number one in sheep and wool production, third in chickens, fourth in all cattle, and eighth in all hay production.

Like other places, however, Pendleton County is also at the crossroads of change, losing 128 farms and 9,855 acres of farmland in five years between 1997 and 2002. The trend of converting farmland and woodland to residential and commercial sites is accelerating due to the county's proximity to growing urban centers and tourist destinations.

The Pendleton County Farmland Protection program was approved in May 2007 to provide landowners with a voluntary land use option financial compensation, if desired, to protect the county's vibrant and commercially productive agricultural landscape. This program was customized to meet specific needs of Pendleton County. We invite you to learn more. Our Program Guidelines and their Appendix are available for download. To view or print these documents, a PDF client such as Adobe Reader or Sumatra Reader is needed. For regular updates about our program, see below.

Board Members
JD Heavner, Chair
Gary Swecker, Vice Chair
Traci Hickson, Secretary
Carl Hevener, Member
Pam Waggy, Member
Kim Ruddle, Member

Contact Information

Farmland Protection Board

PO Box 187

Franklin WV 26807

Telephone: 304-358-7573

Fax: 304-358-2473


Germany Valley

Updates and New Information

The next Farmland Protection Board meeting is scheduled for May 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Pendleton County Commission Office .

AGENDA for May 24, 2018

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Agenda
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Announcements
  • Old Business
  • *Board member recruitment - status
  • *Discuss treasurer options
  • New Business
  • *Election of board positions
  • *Easement monitoring plan
  • *Review new easement applications
  • *Vote of approval to proceed with highest ranking application
  • Buffalo Hills


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