New Features Added to Nature Play Space

The New River Land Trust Nature Play Space in Heritage Park got some upgrades this spring and summer thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Blacksburg. These include: 3 new handmade eastern cedar benches A child-sized birdhouse decorated with art by George Wills A nature play inspiration box Multiple nest boxes for birds … Read more

Virginia Program Helps Farmers and Environment

Governor Ralph Northam announced the availability of $73 million to protect water and soil health through the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program, which represents the largest-ever investment of state funding to assist farmers implementing conservation practices. The program has been updated to provide greater flexibility and reduce barriers to farmer participation. “This historic … Read more

Brush Mountain Park Update

The New River Land Trust purchased the second of two properties that will make up the new 553-acre park on Brush Mountain in Blacksburg. The park will be home to multi-use trails for community recreation while protecting an ecologically sensitive area. We purchased the first property in 2018. The park will expand the popular recreation … Read more

Youth Outreach Program Growing Strong

Exploring streams and discovering birds, making art with vegetables and flowers, and visiting a working farm to learn how food is grown—these are just some of the things kids in our area are doing this season with New River Land Trust’s Youth Outreach Program. We expanded our Stream Field Trips for 4th graders to five … Read more

Making Your Donations Tax Efficient

Are you in a position where you’re no longer able to deduct your donations? There may still be a way you can give to your favorite charities and be rewarded by the IRS. Because of the near doubling of the standard deduction as a result of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA), the number … Read more