During the summer of 2011, the Radford University Foundation donated an open-space easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation protecting the Foundation-owned Selu property.
This easement will protect in perpetuity the Selu property's many important conservation values, including scenic views enjoyed by the boating public on the Little River, a habitat for threatened and endangered plant and animal species, and an important watershed for sources of public drinking water.
With the help of Conservation Partners, LLC, the Foundation claimed a transferable Virginia land preservation tax credit for the donation, then sold the credit through Conservation Partners to a number of Virginia taxpayers. This sale generated approximately $100,000 in revenue, and per the direction of the Radford University Foundation Board, these funds will be used as a quasi-endowment fund for the upkeep of the Selu property. Selu consists of nearly 400 acres of land along the Little River, just outside Radford. Selu was founded in 1989 when John Hargrove Bowles donated the first 185 acres. Several years later, other members of the Bowles family donated the rest of the current Selu property.