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, more than one million people call the Capital Region home.
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.
CRLC has helped protect over 10,000 acres in the capital region including 35 miles of stream and river frontage. Of that, CRLC holds or co-holds conservation easements on more 2,200 acres and, as of spring 2019, has fee simple ownership of approximately 450 acres. Protecting land in our region helps ensure safe drinking water, strong communities,locally grown food, preservation of our historic resources, and habitat for wildlife.
On February 1, 2018 CRLC finalized its acquisition of the 871 acre Malvern Hill Farm after an 18 month long effort to save it from likely development after it went up for sale. CRLC, with the support of numerous partners, developed plans for permanent protection of all of Malvern Hill Farm through other ownership coupled with conservation easements. As of spring of 2019, CRLC continues to own 379.43 acres on two parcels in Henrico County that are slated to ultimately become oart of the National Park Service's Malvern Hill Battlefield National Park and 64.2 acres in Charles City County of which 51 acres are part of the Department of Historic Resources' easement for historic Malvern Hill Farm.
For the full history of CRLC's initiative to save Malvern Hill Farm, please see our News webpage.
CRLC raised $5.7 million to support this $6.6 million acquisition. This includes two $500,000 challenge grants that will match 1:1 every $1 donated. Can you make a tax-deductible contribution to help us reach our goals? Checks can be made payable to Capital Region Land Conservancy and mail to us at P. O. Box 17306, Richmond, VA 23226. You can also make donations online at www.capitalregionland.org
The Richmond Times Dispatch, August 7, 2019
Virginia Mercury, June 5, 2019
Saving Land, Spring 2019
The Richmond Times Dispatch, January 29, 2019