This includes family farms and forests, a private community nature preserve, improved public access to a rail trail, and four 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 that 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, agricultural, or historic conservation values when evaluating a project. The Land Trust works with property owners to determine the best conservation approach for each property.
We protect land through a variety of ways, including: 1) placing permanent conservation easements on properties; 2) purchasing land through real estate acquisitions; 3) accepting land donations; 4) administering grants and loans to partner organizations; 5) providing technical assistance to landowners interested in managing their property more sustainably; 5) educating and informing the public about land protection tools; 6) supporting the development of laws and regulations that promote and benefit land and water conservation; and 7) convening and facilitating partnerships that build the capacity of communities throughout West Virginia to protect our state’s land and water resources.
Fayette / Nicholas County