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 52,000 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 – Raptor Encounter

Thursday, 4:30-6:00pm Raptor Encounter at St. Mary’s Church. Join Master Naturalist and Master Falconer Shane Brandes and Master Naturalist Tricia Easterling for a raptor presentation and falcon meet and greet. RSVP required for all events. Please email to reserve your family’s spot. Read more

Early Birders – Falls Ridge Preserve

Wednesday, 4:30-6:00pm Falls Ridge Nature Preserve. Lead by New River Land Trust Conservation Coordinator and birder Allison Tillett Brown. Practice birding by ear and spot for Wood thrush, Vireos and Scarlet Tanager. RSVP required for all events. Please email to reserve your family’s spot. Read more