Protecting the Natural Beauty of Wintergreen
Wintergreen consists of over 11,000 acres within the George Washington National Forest, many of which are adjacent to both the world-famous Appalachian Trail and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 3,600-plus individual residences and the four-season resort sit among some 6,000 acres of dedicated open space, including 1,400 acres which Wintergreen protected with a conservation easement.
From its start in 1975, Wintergreen has been recognized as working to create a unique community that works with the natural and unspoiled environment of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Rockfish Valley.
It's more that just talk. Wintergreen's dedication to conservation and preservation can be seen its enforcement of the covenants and restrictions as well as its community policies.
In order to protect the health and natural beauty of Wintergreen's vegetation, topography, waterways and other natural features, anyone seeking to remove, reduce, cut, excavate, or make other major changes within any part of Wintergreen is required to first submit detailed plans for a formal review and approval.
The Wintergreen community's reputation for being environmentally responsible has been hard-earned. The Wintergreen Property Owners Association has imposed penalties by amounts as high as $50,000 on owners who have violated the formal restrictions.
The community's long and hard-fought battle against installing part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at its mountain community entryway is another example of it dedication to protecting the wild plants and animals on the mountain and in the valley.
More powerful than any rule or organization, however, has been the thoughtful and respectful care thousands of individual property owners have given their Wintergreen properties over the decades.