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Jessica Spatafore, Director of Development & Communications at (304) 413-0945 or email

Adam Webster, Conservation & Communications Coordinator at (304) 413-0945 or email

2017 Annual Report

A SnapShot of Last Year: 2017 Annual Report
Seven land protection projects completed in one year!

Needleseye Celebration on May 19th

Join us for a Celebration of Needleseye Boulder Park!
Together, the West Virginia Land Trust and City of Oak Hill will host a community open house to celebrate the opening of Needleseye Boulder Park on May 19 from 12:00-4:00 PM. The celebration will take place in The Lost Paddle restaurant at ACE Adventure Resort, with ACE offering shuttles to the Needleseye Park trailhead every 30 minutes for guided hikes.


New Outdoor Recreation in the New River Gorge!

A new destination for outdoor enthusiasts has just been permanently protected in Fayette County.

The West Virginia Land Trust has partnered with the City of Oak Hill to purchase 283 acres of land from the Berwind Land Company for public recreational use. This property will be the future site of the Oak Hill Needleseye Boulder Park, to include rock climbing, hiking trails and mountain biking.


Morgantown Preserve Triples in Size!

Just south of Morgantown, near Little Falls, sits an 84-acre mature forest, known as Elizabeth’s Woods Nature Preserve. In 1995, Elizabeth Zimmermann donated the property to the West Virginia Land Trust (WVLT) to be managed as a natural area available to the public for hiking and nature study. More than 20 years later, the land trust is tripling the size of the preserve and eyeing a way to open the property to the public.


SnapShots: Summer Newsletter

SnapShots: Summer Newsletter 2017
Protecting special places one acre at a time… in this newsletter read about the additional 938 acres we recently protected!

Camp Bartow: A Civil War Site Protected

West Virginia Land Trust preserves site of Civil War battle, camp
News story by Rick Steelhammer, courtesy of Charleston Gazette.

The core section of Camp Bartow, a fortified encampment with still-visible earthworks built by 1,800 Confederate soldiers, has been preserved and will eventually be opened to the public following its recent purchase by the West Virginia Land Trust.


Rare Habitat in Grant County Protected

“There’s more than meets the eye on this property,” said Ashton Berdine, Lands Program Manager for the West Virginia Land Trust, speaking about a Grant County property that the Land Trust recently protected.


SnapShots: Land Protection Special Edition Newsletter

Land Protection Special Edition
From ancient forests to river islands, WVLT protects spaces with public benefits in mind!
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