New Technology Brings Conservation Into Focus

When you think of land conservation, you might picture our staff and landowners outside, walking a property.  And you’d mostly be right. But new technologies can make the work of prioritizing outreach to landowners and evaluating properties faster and more accurate. We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and technology to guide our conservation efforts. … Read more

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

Property in Giles County Will Protect Forest & Views

Chuck McClaugherty’s family lived in Giles County before the county was even established. They owned a large farm on Doe Creek before the farm was sold in the 1970s. Before the sale, Chuck asked his grandmother to keep 50 acres with a spring aside for him. Now the retired biology professor is working with us … 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