The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is a nonprofit organization with an important mission: To permanently conserve land.
The open space and natural beauty of the area gives us a sense of place, and may be one of the reasons we live where we do. As a land trust, NVCT works with landowners who voluntarily agree to legal restrictions to conserve these treasured lands for future generations.
We are advocates for public lands and good land use. The Trust also offers advice and support to people interested in conservation and good land management, and works in partnership with other groups and agencies.
Learn about our Board of Directors and their vision for the community, and the staff of the Trust who work on behalf of landowners and the larger community to conserve what is so important to us in both urban and rural areas of Northern Virginia. We particularly celebrate the landowners who share their love of the land with the people of Virginia, and we share some of those stories.
Our regional focus includes small, urban properties, and large rural parcels on working farms and forested land. In each case, the conservation value of the land contributes to clean air, clean water, and natural and historical beauty for the whole community. Since 1994, the Trust has conserved nearly 6,500 acres of valuable land, and holds 109 conservation easements, owns 20 parcels, and works with other organizations and local and state governments to conserve Virginia’s natural treasures.
The symbol at the bottom of the page is very important to us. It shows that NVCT follows the national standards and practices of the Land Trust Alliance, standards that assure the community that land will be protected forever, and that the conservation value of each project will stand the test of time. NVCT was the first land trust in Virginia to be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and received renewal in 2014.