The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is committed to saving nearby nature® across the region, with more than 6,500 acres conserved in the last 20+ years. But there is more to do. The most common tools NVCT uses to conserve land include:
- Legally binding conservation easements that restrict development in perpetuity, while the land itself remains in private ownership
- Accepting gifts of property
- Purchasing land
- Bargain sale or part-gift, part-sale transactions of conservation land
- Accepting proffers and mitigation land to help with sound land use planning
- Partnering with other organizations, and using grant funds to protect land
The community benefits by conservation of open spaces and natural areas, and there are tax benefits for private landowners who conserve their land through a nonprofit land trust, with possible tax credits at the federal and state level, and real estate tax reduction at the local level.