About Us

Founded in 1995, the West Virginia Land Trust (WVLT) is a statewide nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to protecting West Virginia’s natural lands, scenic areas, water quality, and recreational access forever.

Our Mission

WVLT’s mission is to protect land with significant conservation values through the use of conservation easements and real estate acquisitions, and by working with a statewide network of partners to build a passionate land conservation movement in the state.

Our Approach

WVLT promotes a non-confrontational, cooperative approach to land conservation. We believe our long-term objectives can best be reached by building relationships and consensus across diverse communities. By educating people about the conservation tools available for their use and empowering them to make appropriate decisions regarding community planning, we work in collaboration to fulfill West Virginia’s conservation needs.

"A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless."

- Theodore Roosevelt

For over 20 years, WVLT has been working to conserve West Virginia’s special places. Since 1995, we have permanently protected or facilitated the protection of more than 7,000 acres of land statewide. This includes family farms and forests, a private community nature preserve, improved public access to rail trails, and six public nature preserves – one of which boasts six miles of river frontage in the Gauley River Canyon!

We work to preserve our rapidly vanishing countryside, wetlands, farms and forests. Unlike some organizations, which specialize in specific conservation values, our mission is to conserve special places that give our state its distinctive character. That means that we may consider scenic, wildlife, botanical, recreational, or historic conservation values when evaluating a project. The Land Trust works with landowners to determine the best conservation approach for each property.

WVLT IRS Form 990

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