How we as a team and an organization are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

These are incredibly challenging times, as all of us in the Richmond region and across the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe it is in these times that our mutual support must grow stronger. Please accept our offer of well wishes to you, your loved ones, and your neighbors.

How we are coping

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing daily, so we ask for your patience and understanding as we shelter at home and work remotely. It’s not quite as focused as the office, but we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to continue the majority of our operations amidst the new normal. 

Conservation in times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced the importance of our work, as we collectively seek out natural spaces across our region for their gifts of healing. We at the Capital Region Land Conservancy continue working hard to protect these critical land, water, and historical resources for the use of Richmond-area community members.


We are especially proud to have conserved 1,200 acres of land and water that include public access and recreational opportunities. From the James River Park System to Malvern Hill Farm and River’s Bend, our conservation efforts and your support are actively providing opportunities for our community members to find meaningful moments of safety and solace in open, natural spaces during this time.

We are currently working to conserve additional acres to be accessible to the public in the

future. While we are doing all of this remotely and with uncertain financial resources, we remain focused on the long-term and invite you to stay engaged with us. Our work must go on. 

How you can help

This crisis has unexpectedly shut down many of our fundraising routes, and so we ask for your help today because not asking for your help is really not an option for us. We must continue to bring in funding in order to drive our important mission of protecting land and water resources for the public good. 


If you are among the fortunate individuals who can afford to make a contribution at this time, we will be very grateful for your generosity. Please view our donate page to make a gift today.

If you are not currently in a position to donate, please know that we understand and we simply ask you to keep CRLC in mind when your situation changes. Your support – both financial and emotional – keeps us strong. 


How we are supporting our local landowners during COVID-19

At CRLC, we recognize that COVID-19 may run local farmers out of business if we don’t come together to sustain their operations during times of quarantine and social distancing.


That's why we've developed a local food toolkit to help consumers access Richmond-region food and support our regional economy during this crisis and beyond.

Help us Keep Farmers Afloat by visiting our local food toolkit!

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 believe that our future depends upon taking care of our natural resources and those features that make the heart of Virginia so special. By balancing growth in our communities with conservation of our environment, we can ensure that the places we love will be enjoyed by the generations that follow in our footsteps. Furthermore, CRLC’s land conservation supports Virginia’s top three industries – agriculture, tourism, and forestry - and is a proven strategy for increasing the economic and fiscal impacts of our region.

CRLC has helped protect over 11,000 acres in the capital region including 43 miles of stream and river frontage. Of that, CRLC holds or co-holds conservation easements on more than 2,200 acres and, as of spring 2020, has fee simple ownership of approximately 480 acres. Protecting land in our region helps ensure safe drinking water, clean air, healthy communities, food security, preservation of cultural resources, and habitat for wildlife.

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