About CRLC

The mission of the Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) 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 is the only land trust devoted specifically to conservation within the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan as well as the Town of Ashland and City of Richmond. We are proud to have conserved more than 12,000 acres of land in this special region.


Incorporated in Virginia in March 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, CRLC was created in order to fill a void in natural resource conservation in the Richmond area. At CRLC we educate landowners about voluntary land protection tools, facilitate the process of donating conservation easements, and hold conservation easements in perpetuity. CRLC uses a cooperative approach to conservation that balances economic growth with natural resource protection by promoting voluntary land protection.


CRLC is operated by its 15-member board of directors, its 9-member advisory council, a full- time Executive Director and two part-time staff. The board meets monthly from September until May. The president of the board of directors oversees the Executive Director.

Our Journey

CRLC merged with the Goochland Land Alliance in 2009 and Friends of Chesterfields Riverfront in 2014. In 2010, CRLC was awarded a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for its work with the City of Richmond to preserve more than 280 acres of the James River Park System. This easement is the first conservation easement of its kind in the Commonwealth – preserving a major urban park for the enjoyment of future generations while protecting the area’s water quality by protecting a key riparian buffer area. In 2012, CRLC was also awarded (along with the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Department) a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Honorable Mention Award for the protection of over 100 acres in Chesterfield County for use as the future Atkins Acres Community Park. In 2019, it was awarded a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for acquiring and preserving Malvern Hill Farm for $6.6 million. The property had gone on the market and CRLC assembled a complex funding matrix to protect the property and transfer portions to the National Park Service, Henrico County, and James River Association for future public park and recreation space


CRLC has protected over 12,000 acres of land, including over 44 miles of stream and river frontage since 2005. Of that, CRLC holds or co-holds conservation easements on more than 2,300 acres and, as of January 2021, has fee simple ownership of approximately 500 acres. In total CRLC can claim to have facilitated the protection of 20% of the conserved acreage within its service area – including private, local, state and federal lands. However, in a region comprising of 1.4 million acres, this covers only 5.4% of the land. CRLC seeks to expand ongoing efforts to protect a minimum of 10% of the region’s acreage and 100 miles of James River riverfront in our region. 


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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