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What's New

Just Conserved - 400 acres in York County and Isle of Wight County

Late in 2023, HVLC conserved two spectacular properties. The Ashe property located in the Seaford area of York County is 226 acres of prime forestland with 37 acres of critical wetland habitat, and substantial frontage on Claxton and Back Creeks, which flow to the York River.

HVLC also worked with the Bowers family to conserve 186 acres in Isle of Wight County consisting of  working forestland and productive cropland. As always, HVLC is gratified to the generous easement donors and honored to be entrusted to protect this beautiful land.

New Executive Director

In January 2024, the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy (HVLC) proudly welcomed Elizabeth Friel as its new Executive Director. Elizabeth previously served as Executive Director capacity with two other conservation organizations, most recently in Hampton Roads and prior to that on the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Early in her conservation career, Elizabeth was an HVLC employee, Board member, and Volunteer of the Year award winner. Prior to her land conservation work, she worked in urban planning both in Virginia and Maryland, including early in her career in James City County. Elizabeth shared that. “It is exciting to be able to work in conservation here in historic Virginia, my home of many years. I hope to bring new ideas and energy to conservation in this unique community.”

Save the Date

Sunday October 20th, 2024, 4th Annual Friends and Family Fall Fest at Freedom Park, Details Coming Soon!

2024 Calendar

Love of the Land Photo Contest

The Historic Virginia Land Conservancy wants you to celebrate the amazing outdoor places Virginia has to offer. The HVLC is your local, private land trust that protects the scenic views and open spaces that make our community a special place. Summertime is here, along with nature’s bright and abundant colors all around us! So, grab your smartphone and get outdoors to enjoy some fresh air and capture the beauty of the natural world in our community.

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Historic Virginia Land Conservancy

Historic Virginia Land Conservancy

Protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural
and historic land in the James, York and Rappahannock River watersheds.

Take a hike, and bring your smartphone to capture the beauty of the natural world in our community. Show us your Love of the land.Please take a moment to read the complete contest rules on our website. historicvirginialandconservancy.orgSubmissions are due by September 13, 2024. ... See MoreSee Less
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