About CRLC

Chartered in 2005, the Capital Region Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to serving the City of Richmond and the Counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent, and Charles City.


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 achieve our goals by partnering with individuals, businesses, other non-profit organizations, and state and local government agencies and taking a cooperative approach that promotes voluntary conservation through the donation of conservation easements. 


CRLC educates landowners and communities about the public benefits of land conservation and conservation easements, facilitates the creation of easements, and serves as a holder and co-holder of conservation easements.Through outreach, education, and community partnerships, CRLC supports options for landowners who wish to voluntarily and permanently limit development on their land with conservation easements in exchange for a legacy of stewardship.


CRLC holds or co-holds a total of 17 easements on a total of 1,957 acres and has facilitated easements held by other agencies or land trusts on an additional 6,347 acres. The protected lands include nearly 40 miles of riparian areas along our region's streams and rivers. Protected public lands include about half of the 600 acre James River Park System in the City of Richmond and Atkins Acres Community Park and Brown and Williamson Conservation Area, both in Chesterfield County. 


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 public.


Collaborative Decision-making

We work collaboratively to assist our partners and to help craft conservation solutions that best serve our communities.


Permanent, 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.


Responsible Stewardship

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 10 Year Timeline
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