Big or small, Virginia land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 1,470,320 football fields!
Virginia land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
79 years old (1943)
9 years old (2013)
30 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Virginia lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Virginia's most pressing issues.
Tackling climate change: The accredited Eastern Shore Land Conservancy organized a regional climate collaborative of local emergency managers, agency officials, university researchers and representatives of several nonprofits to help communities break out of what has been dubbed the “flood, rebuild, repeat” cycle.Read more
Addressing community needs: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the accredited Piedmont Environmental Council heightened its investment in food security, particularly the work of its Buy Fresh Buy Local program to connect consumers with local food and farmers.Read more
Protecting water quality: The accredited Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust is working with landowners to have a 100-foot buffer in between their agricultural operations and any body of water in order to maintain local drinking water quality and for people to enjoy the region’s famous blue crabs and oysters in the years to come.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.