About Us

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1990, the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy is a private land trust, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The HVLC works with landowners, government agencies, businesses and individuals to protect our region’s acclaimed natural and cultural resources: water quality, forests, wetlands, river watersheds, viewscapes and historic sites.

  • A statewide conservation organization funded by generous individuals, business sponsors and local granting agencies
  • Almost 15,000 acres under stewardship
  • Led by a volunteer board of directors and advisory board and managed by paid staff
  • Member of Land Trust Alliance – a national conservation organization
  • Member of Virginia United Land Trusts –a statewide conservation organization
  • Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2015
  • Merged with Middle Peninsula Land Trust in 2018

 

WHAT WE DO

The Conservancy promotes eco-friendly practices for the benefit of its citizens, fauna, and flora, with many initiatives.

  • Supports individual and community health by preserving open spaces
  • Encourages farming and helps maintain the Commonwealth’s economic assets in agriculture
  • Encourages protection of historic sites for study, education and enjoyment
  • Works with landowners to secure balanced growth and multi-use green space
  • Partners with developers and municipalities to control spending on infrastructure
  • Encourages landowners to explore federal and state programs that offer tax credits
  • Develops a stewarding partnership with landowners to monitor the conservation agreements and ensure continuous protection
  • Hosts events to demonstrate how land protection increases property values and attracts business investment

Mission Statement

HVLC protects and preserves scenic, agricultural, and historic lands in the lower James, York, Rappahannock, and Chowan River(s) and surrounding watersheds.

IT’S YOUR VIEW.
TOGETHER, LET’S HELP PROTECT IT.