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 in the New River region of Southwest Virginia. We are a local conservation organization that protects the natural, cultural and historic resources right in our backyard.

We work to keep family farms, forests, wildlife habitat, scenic views, water resources 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 Education program and the Nature Play Space in Heritage Park, reaching out to the next generation of conservationists.

Since 2002, we have helped protect more than 51,000 acres of land in the region and over 25 miles of New River frontage.

Please become a member today and support conservation close to home.

Upcoming Events

Early Birders Field Trip – Claytor Lake

10-11:30am at Claytor Lake State Park Designed for kids ages 6-12 and their families.  Binoculars and field guides will be provided. We hope to see ducks, gulls, Osprey, Bald eagles and Red-headed woodpeckers. Lead by Master Naturalists and New River Valley Bird Club members Bill Opengari & Barb Glaser. There… Read more

Early Birders Field Trip – Deerfield Trail

10-11:30am – Deerfield Trail Lead by New River Land Trust Boardmember and avid birder, Andrea Langston, and birding expert, Phil Beever. We will look for newly arrived Orioles and other migrants. RSVP required for all events. Please email to reserve your family’s spot.            … Read more

Early Birders Field Trip – Gateway Trail

4:30-5:30pm – Gateway Trail Lead by Master Naturalists Debbie Applequist and Barb Glaser. We will be spotting for American goldfinch, Carolina wren and Chipping sparrows. RSVP required for all events. Please email to reserve your family’s spot.             Read more