Community Conservation: Spruce Run

While we frequently work one-on-one with landowners interested in conservation, we recently became aware that in the Spruce Run community, development was on the minds of many of the residents. A landowner in the early stages of conserving his farm discussed his plans with neighbors, and we reached out to over 40 landowners with large … Read more

Brush Mountain Park Project Update

NRLT purchased two properties totaling 552 acres on Brush Mountain last year with money from Virginia Outdoor Foundation’s Forest CORE Fund. We plan to transfer the properties to the Town of Blacksburg to become a public park within 2 years.  In the meantime, we’re working on the construction of a multi-use trail system for the … Read more

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