About Us

The West Virginia Land Trust is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to protecting West Virginia’s natural lands, scenic areas, water quality, and recreational access forever. Since 1995, the organization has permanently protected more than 9,000 acres of land statewide.

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

West Virginia’s identity is rooted in the outdoors and its resources. The Land Trust is proud to partner with people who want to protect and perpetuate that legacy and identity. The organization seeks projects with meaningful and lasting benefits that reflect the needs of West Virginia, such as protecting drinking water sources, creating recreational opportunities, conserving wildlife habitat, promoting local food production, preserving historic and cultural sites, engaging youth and community groups, and supporting scientific research.

"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 9,000 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!

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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