Conservation Close to Home

Map showing the area where we work
The New River region

The New River Land Trust works to protect farmland, forests, open spaces and historic places. Our focus is on an eight county area known as the New River region.  We are a local conservation organization that protects the natural, cultural and historic resources in our back yard.

We work to keep family farms in agriculture, forests and open spaces as wildlife habitat and scenic views, and historic places preserved – forever. We work with partners, including local governments, on larger land policy and conservation issues and educate and assist landowners to conserve their land by voluntarily donating conservation easements on their property. We also connect kids to the outdoors through our Youth Outreach program and the Nature Play Space in Heritage Park, reaching out to the next generation of conservationists.

Since 2002, we have conserved 50,000 acres and over 25 miles of New River frontage.

We hope you’ll become a member today and help us to conserve the places that make this region a special place to live, work and visit.


Upcoming Events

Outdoor Family Class – The Art of Autumn

Why do leaves turn beautiful colors in the fall? What does it feel like to be a leaf spinning in the wind? Join us for an art and nature workshop inspired by autumn. Adam Short, Virginia Master Naturalist trainee, will teach us about local trees and reveal the secrets of… Read more

Trip to Historic McDonalds Mill

Join the New River Land Trust on a trip to the scenic Catawba Valley and the privately-owned Yost property. This 289-acre conserved farm contains the historic McDonalds Mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. It also contains the headwaters of the North Fork… Read more

Green Fire Film – Wytheville Community College

The New River Land Trust is bringing an exciting film to the New River region. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire shares highlights from his… Read more