Gaining Ground

West Virginia

343,924

Acres Protected

That’s about 260,548 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

West Virginia land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts

7

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

7

Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

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Accredited Land Trusts

2

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • Members/financial supporters

    61,150

  • Volunteers

    6,035

  • Full-time staff

    63

  • Part-time staff

    7

  • Board members

    70

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    40 years old (1982)

  • Youngest

    20 years old (2002)

  • Median age

    28 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

60%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

20%

Land Protected

There has been a 31% increase in West Virginia land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve West Virginia lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
262,340
313,098
343,924
+31%
Under easement
33,914
44,044
58,593
+73%
Owned
31,659
71,891
80,814
+155%
Acquired and reconveyed
99,944
104,891
184,489
+85%
Protected by other means
96,823
93,487
20,029
0%

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.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

86%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$181 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

9,500

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

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.

Making a Difference

West Virginia land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of West Virginia's most pressing issues.

  • Protecting water quality: The accredited Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust protects the farms and forests, water quality, wildlife and rural heritage of the 680-square mile Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed. The organization's 2020-2025 Healing Waters Strategic plan benefits not only those who live, work and recreate at the watershed, but also the millions of people downstream who rely on the watershed for their clean water.

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  • Tackling climate change: The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia is implementing and supporting innovative programs that contribute to a world where people and nature thrive by leveraging the financial incentives of the forest carbon offset markets to make tangible, lasting conservation impacts on West Virginia and the entire globe.

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  • Providing access to land for all: The accredited West Virginia Land Trust partnered with the City of Oak Hill to purchase land from the Berwind Land Company to be the site of the Oak Hill Needleseye Boulder Park, to include rock climbing, hiking trails and mountain biking.

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Land Trusts Working in West Virginia

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.