Former Westpark Land Offered to County and Town for Possible Park
STERLING, Va. (December 30, 2020)—Chuck Kuhn, founder and CEO of JK Moving Services, and his wife Stacy Kuhn, have purchased 143 acres in Leesburg, Virginia with the intention of placing 135 of those acres into conservation easement to protect the open space from future development. The Kuhns are working closely with the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County to sell the property post-easement for community enjoyment.
“My family and I are passionate about conserving land for future generations. As our county continues to grow, it’s important that we preserve land that can be enjoyed by our citizens as well as protect natural habitats,” explained Kuhn. “By getting this land into the county’s control, we can do both.”
Kuhn finalized the purchase of the Westpark land on December 28th. The 134 acres will be placed into conservation easement next year. The Kuhns will retain the remaining eight acres of commercially zoned property for future use.
Other ways that Kuhn and his company have protected local lands include:
- Partnering with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to buy and place into conservation easement an 87-acre parcel of land in northern Loudoun County called Stumptown Woods that has more native species of plants and wildlife indigenous to Loudoun and Virginia than is typical.
- Starting the JK Community Farm, a charitable effort designed to alleviate hunger by growing and harvesting crops and livestock and donating them to local food banks, on 150 acres of conserved land in Purcellville.
- Buying the historic Middleburg Training Center, which was placed into conservation easement and is now recently fully renovated.
- Purchasing and placing several thousand acres near Loudoun’s historic villages into easement, including Egypt Farm–which had been previously owned by developers, the historic Wolver Hill farm in Middleburg, and recently three farms outside the town of Waterford.
Kuhn’s environmental stewardship extends to JK Moving’s operations. The company was one of the first to order Tesla semi moving trucks, embracing new technologies that will further its aggressive carbon emissions-reduction goals. The company focuses on box-less moves and major recycling efforts, keeping nearly five million pounds of materials out of area landfills.
JK, along with its sister company CapRelo, employs nearly 1,100 people—a majority of which live in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The company and Kuhn have won numerous awards, including being recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a Best Place to Work and Top Corporate Philanthropist, Loudoun Chamber as a Community Leader, and Old Dominion Land Conservancy for its conservation efforts.