Update on Nature Parks Project

New River Land Trust has requested a $1.2 million grant form the Forest CORE Fund, a forest mitigation fund from Mountain Valley Pipeline, to purchase 553 acres of intact forest on Brush Mountain in order to create two adjacent parks: one in the Town of Blacksburg and one in Montgomery County. The acreage to be … Read more

IRS Tax Proposal Would Hurt Land Conservation

The IRS has recently proposed new regulations that would significantly reduce the federal tax deductions available for those who donate to charitable organizations in 17 states, including Virginia. This includes the donation of conservation easements and land. The reductions would eliminate an important incentive for donors of conservation easements and slow the rate of land … Read more

A Watershed Moment for Conservation in Virginia

In 1909, John B. Laing purchased a large property on Big Mountain in Giles County.  Even at that time, he recognized the area was special. He wrote, “There is not any place that I know of that I would get more pleasure in protecting for the future than I would in Little Stony Creek watershed. … Read more

NRLT Requesting Grant to Create Nature Park

NRLT is requesting a grant from the Mountain Valley Pipeline Forest Mitigation Fund to purchase 330 acres on Brush Mountain in order to create a park. Due to the property’s location near Heritage and Gateway Parks and Jefferson National Forest, the proposed park would expand an already popular active recreation area.  Poverty Creek Trails Coalition, … Read more