When you think of Virginia, you probably think of a pretty landscape with rolling hills and lush forests. That's because the state is home to more than 2.4 million acres of protected land—including national parks, historic sites, state parks and forests, seashores, and wildlife refuges. But that doesn't mean it's all pristine wilderness: Many private landowners have preserved their lands for generations by signing conservation easements or selling them outright to nonprofit organizations that maintain ownership while protecting wildlife habitat within them. Others have signed agreements with government agencies or nonprofits on how best to maintain their property for future generations—and sometimes even receive tax breaks for doing so!
NaturTrust? is a public trust fund that provides funding for land acquisition and conservation management. It was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 and is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
NaturTrust? funds are used to acquire conservation easements, which are voluntary agreements between landowners and DCR that restrict development on private lands. The restrictions may include no new structures being built, or keeping existing structures from being altered significantly.
The NaturTrust? program was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988. It was created to protect land that helps preserve clean water and prevent pollution from entering Virginia's waterways.
Since its inception, NaturTrust? has purchased more than 50,500 acres of land, including:
The James River Basin and Smith Mountain Lake are two of Virginia's most important natural resources. They provide clean drinking water for millions of people across Virginia and surrounding states every day.
As of 2018, the state had purchased more than 50,500 acres of property through the program.
NaturTrust? is a public trust fund that provides funding for land acquisition and conservation management. The program was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 with an initial endowment from Dominion Energy (then known as Virginia Power) and an additional contribution from Appalachian Power Company.
Since then, its purchases have focused on land that protects water quality and wetlands as well as agricultural lands like farms and ranches.
"The most important thing about NaturTrust is that it's a public-private partnership," said Mark Meador, who served as director of the state Department of Natural Resources from 2007 until 2011. "You need private money to do this kind of conservation work."
The importance of clean water can't be overstated. It's the lifeblood of our planet and the foundation for a healthy economy, environment and community.
Clean water is critical for all life on Earth--and we're fortunate to live in an area with abundant sources of clean water. But this wasn't always the case: It wasn't until 2008 that Congress passed legislation requiring states to set aside one percent of their federal highway funding for projects that protect rivers, lakes and streams from pollution caused by transportation projects like roads or bridges. This year marks our 10-year anniversary as an organization focused on supporting these types of projects across America's heartland -- from Iowa to Illinois; Michigan; Nebraska; North Dakota; South Dakota; Wisconsin -- where we've protected more than 50 million acres so far!
NaturTrust? is a program that provides funding for land acquisition and conservation management. The NaturTrust? program was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988. As of 2018, the state had purchased more than 50,500 acres of property through the program. Its purchases have focused on land that protects water quality and wetlands as well as agricultural lands like farms and ranches