More Conservation Work in the Region
As land development patterns continue to change, landowners and local governments outside our original Northern Virginia service area have sought out the Trust to provide conservation planning and assistance to traditionally rural areas.
In the northern Piedmont, the Trust accepted its first conservation easement in Fauquier County at the end of 2014, permanently protecting a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
The Trust is involved with the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance, a collaborative effort to build appreciation and protection of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Shenandoah National Park and Harpers Ferry. Meanwhile, we continue to assist our communities in permanently protecting important working lands, natural areas, and historically important sites, and we welcome additional opportunities to engage with the public.
Caroline, King George, and Spotsylvania Counties
and George Washington Regional Commission
The Trust works with the George Washington Regional Commission, the regional planning commission serving Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline Counties and the City of Fredericksburg. NVCT is participating in a grant funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to assess progress implementing the regional Green Infrastructure Plan in the jurisdictions. The grant allows for work to find new strategies and recommendations for these jurisdictions to meet water quality goals in an efficient and cost-effective way. The Trust also is working across the region to permanently protect important forests, farmland, wetlands, and valuable Civil War sites and battlefields.
We look forward to connecting with communities and private landowners interested in conserving their land in these counties. We want to help you protect the land you love forever in this very significant part of Virginia.
Regional Climate Resiliency and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Northern Virginia is vulnerable to many effects of climate change, including storm surge, flooding, temperature extremes exacerbated by built-up areas, and loss of habitat microclimates. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is spearheading a “Northern Virginia Resiliency Roadmap” to help local communities understand, respond to, and manage these stresses. Land conservation can be part of the toolbox of solutions, and NVCT is at the discussion table! Learn more about how this effort is going at http://www.novaregion.org/index.aspx?nid=1354.