Our Mission

The New River Land Trust (NRLT) is a local non-profit formed to protect the farmland, forests, open spaces and historic places in Virginia’s New River region. Our service area includes the counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Wythe, and the cities of Galax and Radford. We preserve precious land by educating landowners, and other stakeholders in Virginia, about the benefits of voluntarily donating conservation easements on their land, protecting it for future generations. We also work with partners, including local governments, on larger land policy issues and other conservation programming. NRLT received accreditation in July of 2013 after a rigorous evaluation by the national Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, and we earned re-accreditation in 2018.

Since 2002, the New River Land Trust has conserved over 55,000 acres and 26 miles of New River Frontage. As the only American Heritage River in Virginia and one of only 14 in the nation, the New River defines our region and supports our economy. Land conservation is critical as unprecedented development threatens our water supply, wildlife habitat, and the overall natural integrity of the region. NRLT joins with 1,700 other land trusts to protect over 56 million acres—twice the amount of land in National Parks in the lower 48 states-making a major impact on the American landscape.

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Public Policy

The New River Land Trust (NRLT) does not lobby for or support persons in or campaigning for political office at any level of government. The NRLT does, as its organizational capacity allows, advocacy work for federal, state and local policy issues that closely relate to the organization’s conservation mission. Conservation in Virginia has historically enjoyed strong bipartisan support at all levels of government and NRLT believes that continuing this trend makes sense for the sustainability of Virginia’s economic, social, and environmental systems and for sustaining successful conservation efforts both across Virginia and in the New River region.