Agricultural Permits

Corn crops in sunset lighting.
A corn crop grows on an agricultural lease at the Wilderness Battlefield.

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park currently manages approximately 900 acres under agricultural special use permits (SUPs) issued to local farmers. The agricultural SUP program helps park managers maintain open, rural agricultural scenes in order to preserve and interpret historic battlefield landscapes. Farm units are primarily kept in hay and row crops such as corn and soybeans in areas that were likely historically farmed for wheat or tobacco. These 5-year permits are designed to provide an equal opportunity through open bidding for private use of park lands and to foster agricultural practices that conserve soil, protect streams and groundwater, control exotic plant species, and minimize use of pesticides.

 

Notice of Open Agricultural Permits

There are currently no agricultural permits available for bid. Information about the bidding process for open units will be posted here with an application and instructions when they are available, typically in September of each year.

Last updated: March 22, 2022

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