Conservation Conversation this Sunday, November 2, at Belmead
2:00-3:30pm, FrancisEmma, Inc., 5004 Cartersville Rd., Powhatan, VA
How long will Powhatan and Goochland remain expanses of natural beauty and enduring history?

Please join us for this free community event to help explain the purpose and benefits of placing a conservation easement on property you own. We will be joined by neighbors who have decided to protect the land they love through a conservation easement. Learn why they have chosen to do so and how you can do the same. Representatives from your local land trust and neighbors who have completed an easement will be there to share their knowledge with you and will offer information on the potential tax benefits of donating a conservation easement. Refreshments will be served. Join us this Sunday at the breathtakingly beautiful and historic Belmead property.

RSVP now to Jane Myers at or 804.745.3110

FrancisEmma is located on the James River in Powhatan County, VA. This sacred and beautiful 2,265-acre property is owned by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. 1,000 acres of its beauty is protected by a conservation easement.

Your local land trust.

The Capital Region Land Conservancy is Central Virginia’s only land trust dedicated solely to serving the City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent, and Charles City counties. Our mission is to conserve and protect the natural and historic land and water resources of Virginia’s Capital Region for the benefit of current and future generations.


We live in an extraordinary place, unparalleled for its history and remarkably diverse natural resources, where the rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont give way to the Coastal Plain. Here in the watersheds of the James and York Rivers, where Native American tribes had already thrived for thousands of years, our nation took hold. While mapping Virginia in 1612, Captain John Smith declared “heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a more perfect place for man’s habitation.” 400 years later, one million people call the Capital Region home.


Today, prosperity brings new challenges. The counties surrounding the City of Richmond have been developing land at a rapid rate and this growth is often fragmented. Tree cover is in decline. Water quality is imperiled by new and diffuse sources of pollution not traditionally regulated under the Clean Water Act. Our forests, wetlands, farms, and wildlife are our greatest resources and provide us with quality of life and economic benefits that we don’t always appreciate until it’s too late. At the Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), we believe that our future depends upon taking care of what makes the heart of Virginia so special. By balancing growth in our communities with conservation of our natural environment, we can ensure that the places we love will be enjoyed by the generations that follow in our footsteps.


In its first nine years, CRLC facilitated the conservation of over 6,500 acres of land, including over 34 miles of stream and river frontage. Protecting land in our region helps ensure safe drinking water, locally grown food, preservation of our historic resources and habitat for wildlife.

Exploring the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area - Nov. 15


Bushwhack and explore the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area on Nov. 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Trek to the vernal pool along the southern border. Drop down into Big Hollow and follow the stream. Next, ascend to the bluff to view the James River, then follow the bluff its entire length to the start. This hike will travel almost the entire boundary and will be approximately 4 miles.

Participants should bring a lunch and a small daypack or fanny pack and realize that we will be bushwhacking most of the time.

Parking is very limited at this site, so we will meet at Dutch Gap/Henricus and car pool from there. RSVP to by November 12.


Home Energy Check-Up for $25!


Exhausted by your summer cooling bills this year?

project:HOMES is now offering a Home Energy Check-Up, as part of Dominion Virginia Power’s energy efficiency program. The Check-Up gives single family residents an overview of their home’s energy performance, as well as some on-the-spot installment measures, like compact fluorescent light bulbs, smart power strips, and hot water pipe insulation.


project:HOMES charges only $25 for the entire Check-Up, including the installments. For every CRLC supporters who orders a Check-Up, project:HOMES will give $15 back to CRLC!  

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