CRLC MISSION STATEMENT:
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.
CRLC VISION STATEMENT:
Our vision for the future of Virginia’s Capital Region includes:
Protecting significant areas of land that preserve our healthy watersheds, historic landscapes, forests, and farms
Promoting a healthy community that enjoys connected natural areas, a regional trail network, a vibrant economy, and a better quality of life
Educating our community and nurturing a well-developed land conservation ethic
Earning recognition as a preeminent and respected authority in land conservation
CRLC’s Core Values provide the foundation for all strategies, policies, and organizational decisions.
Integrity and Excellence
We embrace the highest ethical standards and operate with complete transparency. We strive to earn and maintain the trust of landowners, donors, partners and the general public.
We work collaboratively to assist our partners and to help craft conservation solutions that best serve our communities.
Permanent and Voluntary Land Conservation
We are committed to voluntary methods of land conservation, such as conservation easements, that will permanently conserve natural and historic lands throughout Virginia’s Capital Region.
Relevance to Our Community and Sense of Place
We are dedicated to sustaining our region’s healthy communities and strong sense of place.
We are committed to the long-term monitoring and management of permanently protected lands.
We hold ourselves to the highest performance standards and employ the most advanced and innovative practices in the conduct of our work.
CRLC STRATEGIC GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
GOAL 1: Strategic lands are preserved and managed to protect their conservation values
Identify and prioritize the most important parcels for potential protection
Arrange access to GIS-based data to allow analysis and prioritization
Develop a strategic conservation plan
Identify public parks in region and prioritize them for preservation
Identify and protect high value connectors
Facilitate or hold conservation easements or fee-title ownership on appropriate lands
Steward the conservation values of land protected
Consider viable opportunities to hold easements outright and own land in fee
GOAL 2: Have the organizational structure and stable base of financial support to permanently protect lands
Strengthen and develop the Board of Directors and Advisory Board
Further engage all Board Committees in organizational management
Engage in active succession planning for leadership
Create a donor-centric internal culture that engages everyone in fundraising activities
Update the Fundraising Plan and develop the financial support necessary to achieve our mission
Draft an annual Business Plan
Initiate a planned giving program and consider an endowment
Develop the professional staffing to guide management of the Conservancy
GOAL 3: Increase the organization’s relevance to the community and build a conservation ethic